According to 9to5Mac, their Foxconn source has told them that the next generation iPhone that is dubbed as iPhone 5 is ready for mass production and will be released this summer. According to this source several sample devices are floating around that are slightly different from each other and it is not known which is going to be the final version. However there are some common things on all of these samples which are:
- 4+ inch display (made by LG on at least one of them)
- No teardrop-shaped devices as were rumored in the lead up to the iPhone 4S. Samples so far have been symmetrical in thickness. Also longer/wider.
- None of the sample devices have the iPhone 4/4S form factor
- None of the devices are final versions
As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple usually starts the production of the new device five months before its final release date and if this pattern is followed again then we might have a new iPhone this summer at WWDC 2012.
To prove the source reliable 9to5Mac says that it is the same source that rightly told them that Apple will release iPhone 4S instead of a totally revamped iPhone 5.
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