iPhone 5 due this summer - Report

Apple said to be settling on finalized version of new device as production ramps up at Chinese manufacturer.

Those who picked up the iPhone 4S this holiday season may not be on the cutting edge for long. 9to5Mac reported this week that Chinese manufacturing company Foxconn has begun ramping up for production on the iPhone 5, with a possible target release date of this summer.

Apple will reportedly be tinkering with the iPhone's form factor once again.

9to5Mac's source is employed at Foxconn, and the person noted that Apple has yet to finalize the iPhone 5's design. However, there are a couple of points in common between the various prototypes.

Namely, all of the devices boast a display that's larger than four inches, which would be an increase over the iPhone 4 series' 3.5-inch screen. Also, the prototype cases bear more of a resemblance to the iPhone 4 design, as opposed to the teardrop-shaped design found in previous iPhone generations. However, the source notes that the iPhone 5 will not have the same shape as the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.

Apple is coming off of a stellar October-December quarter. During the 14-week period, the Cupertino, California-based company posted a net profit of $13.06 billion on revenues of $46.33 billion, both of which were record figures. Apple sold 37.04 million iPhones during its 2011 holiday quarter, while iPad sales came in at 15.43 million and Mac sales stood at 5.2 million.

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112 comments
Halox06
Halox06

Well if they do come out this summer with the IPhone 5, I wonder if they will be updating the Ipod Touch as well.

damo320
damo320

All the other smart phone and tech manufacturers are putting out "multiple" phone options yearly. The dregs who post here bagging Apple for being Apple - no other legitimate reason.

Zelseisdabest
Zelseisdabest

they come with two phones every year, which gives you the option of #1 do i want a new design and a better ios ex. iphone, iphone 3, iphone4 or #2 do i want the same design as the previous "new design" the same ios and slightly better performance or hardware ex. iphone 3gs, iphone 4s (iphone 5gs???) either way in the manufacturer point of view they were smart for the people who get the "whole number phones" they will always have a new look and for the ones who get the ".5" they will always have the same look more power, due to contracts...All i can say is atleast they arent HTC giving us a new phone ever month smh

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

This is one reason why I dislike Apple... People are basically getting billed just to upgrade their crap every few months. At least with video game consoles you are guaranteed at least 5 years.

AnGiTheGamer
AnGiTheGamer

Wait! I haven't fully enjoyed my iPhone 4. Now I've gotta save some more money.

joemodda
joemodda

Good thing I didn't buy the 4S ...or any of the other models for that matter

supertom221
supertom221

@ColdfireTrilogy Stories are good, nice to tell people. Doesn't mean you have to waste 1000$ dollars on it, but okay. I just personally find myself wanting to invest money in things that LAST. which is why I HATE going to fancy resturaunts. I literally payed the price of 3 brand new games, for one measely little piece of Goat meat. F*** THAT.

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

Wow! A "new" Iphone! Shocking News!!!! (I will repeat this same comment on 3 months...)

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

@supertom221 it is a more promising investment, i like to tell stories when I am around people, vacations and adventures out side of my home country are a fantastic way to bolster good story telling, and as often as people upgrade phones; it would end up being a vacation every few years : )

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Note: the thin form factor is cheaper to produce, and more fragile looking.

GamerFader
GamerFader

oh more contract breaking this year :D

Franzkill
Franzkill

The thing is Apple your BLATANTLY doing it but we don't need to mention it really, I don't really blame a business for, you know, doing their job but what I will blame is the countless sheep that constantly get a new reiteration every 3 months. Seriously are people that superficial?

Black_Man85
Black_Man85

@-Vulpix- You are so out of date. They are discontinuing the iPhone 12 and releasing the iPhone 12s.

-Vulpix-
-Vulpix-

I'll wait for an iphone 12 coming out this christmas instead

fkbwii
fkbwii

iDidn't know iPhones ran on milk.

TORCEDOR
TORCEDOR

think will buy the 5s this fall

soulless4now
soulless4now

People should just wait for the iPhone 6 next fall.

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

In other news, we don't really give a rat's @$$ about this.

blackace
blackace

I don't own an IPhone, so I'm good. I do have an IPad 2 and IPod Touch (4th Gen) and that's enough. If you are thinking about getting an IPhone for the first time, the IPhone 5 will probably be the best choice right now. The IPad 3 is coming out sometime this year as well. My next IPad will be the IPad 5. By then I should have enough AMEX Rewards point to get it for FREE.

leeko_link
leeko_link

So they couldn't wait two years to release this thing?

RadView
RadView

sheeps be rollin...$$$

minivirus2
minivirus2

PLEEEEASSE, let it be released in early June (I know, they usually come out August/September). My crappy 3G contract runs out at the end of June and I want to be able to upgrade to the 5. Also, wazzup wit a new Iphone errvery year?

Ronnie_Rim
Ronnie_Rim

In related news, another Call of Duty sequel announced for November.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Looking to buy an iPad 3 around March and an iPhone 5 whenever it releases. I've been an iPhone 4 owner for a couple years. I have been very happy with the phone and it's capabilities. I look forward to getting a bigger screen, a quad-core processor with graphics boosted exponentially over the 4s, more ram, and LTE (Yay! it's in my city on my carrier's network!)

Cozm1kaos
Cozm1kaos

Not shocked at all, come on? iphone is getting raped by all the androids!! of course its going to mass produce phones. Problem is there is a lot of Iphone fans, its become so fan based people are thumbs down when comments like "samsung sII owns" but its the truth it does own. Why would i stay with my iphone? so i can auto sync or sync when ever iwant to put a song in? or load up itunes? pfffft no thanks.

Amsz94
Amsz94

I recently bought an iPhone 4s for my birthday! Barely 2-3 weeks have passed and now they say there's a new iPhone coming soon? iShocked ...

Dumachum
Dumachum

Overpriced iCrap you mean. Don't forget the "overpriced" part.

NeoIostars
NeoIostars

in other news, the sun rises in the east. Another day, another iCrap. So what else is new?

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

My sister just got one like last week. If true, she's gonna be pissed!! My upgrade is in April and I have my eye on the Galaxy Nexus, but we'll see what's all available in April. :)

gc88
gc88

im shocked

basilbush
basilbush

I think I'm okay with my HTC and the iPod touch 2g, which IV replaced the screen on about 5 times -.- damn you slippy hands!

zoxdj
zoxdj

@BlackLense Apple will never do that because it would defeat the plan of making a new phone every year. If you want customizable or diverse phones go for Android, if you like a simple and monotonous smartphone go for Apple. I certainly choose Android. I chose it and never regretted it.;)

stu300189
stu300189

It's the 6th iPhone damnit. Stop calling it the iPhone 5

supertom221
supertom221

@ColdfireTrilogy Your saying that as if a one week vacation is a more promising investment. Well yeah, for a week. But still better than switching phones every year.

supertom221
supertom221

@AdderD Oh please, stop with this stupid worshipping of Steve Jobs. He was a good business man who knew what he was doing, literally lifted Apple from the ground up. But he didn't create anything, it was his team of hundreds of tech specialists, designers, scientists even, that created the iPhone. And even now, how are they are going downhill?? For making a new iPhone?? Your saying that as if all iPods/iPhones 1st gen thru 4th had any incredibly significant changes to them. Apple hasn't changed one bit since he was gone, grow up and dump this stupid fanboy worshipping. @mkdewidar That's because you buy stuff made by Apple ;)

supertom221
supertom221

@cubachino I agree, but in truth both Phones suck. If you really want a good phone, which main purpose is TO BE A PHONE, don't get any smartphone. They all suck at it. If you get an iPhone or Galaxy, your getting it for fun applications and games, interesting customization, and plain simply to be "Hip", Which is why in that specific area, iPhone wins. Yes, Galaxy is the stronger, more capable phone-- but does it have Infinity Blade? KoFi? Tiny Wings? Arkham City Lockdown? It doesn't even have Temple run yet!. So while Galaxy is better, I think right now an iPhone will do just as well.

zoxdj
zoxdj

They can pick whatever shape and performance they want but if they change anything on the appearance it won't be an iPhone anymore. Android phones already did almost everything that Apple can come up with. For reference look at Samsung and LG phones.;)

Ice-Cube
Ice-Cube

I have the iPod 1st Gen and use it like hell, now just waiting for the 5th Gen to be released. I looked at the 4th but it doesn't add much and has a terrible camera. I want something just like the iPhone without the phone. :P Hoping this fall, skipped all the other gens and really need an upgrade now..

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Oh dear.... my wife will definitely want this. Wallet preparing to be raided.....

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

13 billion of profits in the 4th quarter is insane. No doubt it will be successful

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

With 98-billion in the bank. Apple can afford to manufacture the i-Phone 6, 7, and the i-Phone 12 (slated for 2020) inside the US.

cubachino
cubachino

The Iphone is so over rated. It has a small screen, a regular processor, no 4G, battery can't be replaced and no room for expanding memory. If they do release it by this summer it's probably because they are feeling the heat from my Samsung Galaxy SII Epic, which by the way was released a month earlier than the Iphone 4S. Come on Apple stop making your fans look like fools by having them believe they have the best phone. The proof is in the pudding!

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Well if they ARE coming out with a new iphone it frickin better have a bigger screen. That's the one problem I've seen with mine. I personally kind of have slightly larger hands than most (not huge but a little bit bigger) so it's annoying that the screen seems so teensy. I know this though, the next time I get a phone I'm making sure it has MORE storage space than 16 GB because especially when the ios takes up a ton leaving only 13 GB or so it's ridiculous. I already hated only have 14 GB on my previous phone so when I get a new one it'll be at least 32GB or 64 GB.