New iPhone entering production soon - Report

Sources say Apple to begin production on refreshed handset similar in form factor to current version for a possible summer launch.

Apple will begin production of a new iPhone similar in form factor to the current version during the current quarter, sources have told The Wall Street Journal. This sets up the new handset for a possible launch this summer, the site claims.

It was not divulged how the rumored new iPhone will differ from the current iPhone 5, which went on sale last year. Apple has a history of upgrading processors and cameras with each new installment, though nothing is confirmed for the upcoming unit.

The Wall Street Journal also reports that Apple is preparing an updated version of the iOS mobile operating system for release "around midyear." It was not mentioned what upgrades or tweaks this new OS would feature.

In addition, the sources said Apple continues to move forward with its partners in Asia on a less expensive iPhone that may launch during the second half of this year. This four-inch handset is said to use a different casing from other iPhone models.

Apple has reportedly been working on this new version of the iPhone for years.

Apple sold 47.8 million iPhones during the quarter ended December 29, up from 37 million year-on-year. The company will report second quarter earnings later this month.

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HIT3kNology
HIT3kNology

Marketing is simple, pump more flouride into your drinking water & bombard you with subliminal messages.

bluefox755
bluefox755

I think the more important question is, will it be LGBT friendly?

Beardof_Zeus456
Beardof_Zeus456

EERRRRRRRMMMAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHGGGGGGGHHHHAAAAAAAADDDDDDDD!!!!!! NEW IPHONE?!?!?!?! WOW!

soulless4now
soulless4now

How is this relevant to gaming and to those of us who refuse to sell our souls to them? 

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Personally, I will never buy Apple products. Period. 

Daian
Daian

Mobile phone rumors don't really qualify as gaming news, focus on games, u're Gamespot not Techradar.

surferosh
surferosh

i have a question Eddie... 

why dont you put up reports about other handheld devices too.. such as Galaxy S4.. or HTC 1.. or the Experia Z.. or the rumoured Google X phone.. ????

are you prejudiced against the Android platform ?

quebec946
quebec946

i hate apple and i regret buying my ipod in 2010 i will NEVER buy anything from them again.

Sindroid
Sindroid

Maybe Apple can bother to WIDEN the screen instead of just making it taller? or is it just another move to lure people to belive that "here comes another product that changes everything again"

I seen through the rubbish tactics of Apple´s marketing of iPhones.

Apple is fooling customers. I will never buy an iPhone again.

laser00
laser00

This is just another COD :P

blackace
blackace

I've never owned an iPhone. I bought a Samsung Galaxy II s instead. all I had to pay is $20 a month for 18month for unlimited Web Access. After that the Web Access is free.

MetaMods
MetaMods

Hey how bout that post news about North Korea missile since gamespot like to post unrelated news beside missile is about technology and violence in gaming *wink*

Amster_G
Amster_G

I was feeling a bit down today but this article totally cheered me up! It came as a total surprise! I feel so great now, knowing they're coming out with another iPhone, because I had NO FUCKING CLUE this was even possible! Totally out of the blue... just didn't see this coming.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

Alright, usually in this situation (and this situation only) I defend Apple and say that iDevices are a *massive* part of the gaming industry and possibly the biggest gaming platform in the world.

But *seriously* Eddie?

You're writing an article to tell us that the phone that gets an update every single year is getting an update this year as well?  *That's* the article?  Well Jesus who'd have thought?

This is BS Eddie, give us a break.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

What's this?  ANOTHER non-gaming article that is all about an APPLE product being posted up on a GAMING website?

So, Eddie, what does this have to do with gaming?  And if you come back with "the iPhone can play games", well why is that not mentioned in the article -anywhere-, and why have you not been covering as much of the other smartphone's that get released?  


JusXice
JusXice

Apple should really get into the video game market and call it the iplay and a bundle of angry birds 

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Yup. It'll be called the iPhone 5S, they'll market it as "the greatest iPhone yet" but in terms of specs and features it'll still lag behind high-end Android phones.

m4a5
m4a5

Hey Eddie, I didn't know that we covered pointless rumors here...

shingui5
shingui5

ok seriously, what does this have to do with gaming?

X-Blackrose
X-Blackrose

Oh, please.

Spare me this repetitive spam.

I get it, Apple. You invented the iPod Touch. It was great, I own one.

I'm not going to keep throwing out money for products that don't really innovate, or excite, me: like this "new" iPhone.

SoreThumbsBill
SoreThumbsBill

Really, a "new" iphone is in production? Never would have guessed.

higherflyerJ
higherflyerJ

@Spartan_418 Unfortunately, specs don't matter to common folk... it's the OS that most people care about and why the iPhone continues to sell.  It's all about the interface.

Diablo-B
Diablo-B

@X-Blackrose They aren't forcing people to buy a new iPhone every year. They have a continuous cycle of hardware and software updates for their products because if they didn't they would have to lay-off their R&D staff. People clearly dont know how development works. You finish working on one upgrade and you immediately move on to the next. You dont just sit back and do nothing.

Furwings
Furwings

@higherflyerJ @Spartan_418 Exactly. Android appeals to 2 kinds of people. First a lot of Android users have lower-end, cheaper phones that are 2 or 3 year old models on cheaper carriers with lower data plan rates. And the other demographic they target are the geek/hacker/tweaker type crowd. People who like to overclock, root and customize. The iPhone really appeals to everyone else who just want a phone with great build quality, a smooth, easy-to-use, easy-to-understand, standardized OS and the biggest selection of quality, tested, approved apps on what is still the best app store for apps, games and music.

Sindroid
Sindroid

@Spartan_418 @shingui5 I agree. No decent utitlities on it unless it is jailbroken..

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

@Spartan_418 @shingui5 So are ALL smartphones, they are all gaming platforms, yet you don't see articles about them.


Also, if the iPhone is a gaming platform, you'd never know by reading the above article!  Not once does Eddie mention gaming in any form in the article above.  All we are left with is a piss-poor excuse for a tech article, wasting space on a gaming website.

Furwings
Furwings

@ggregd @Furwings @higherflyerJ @Spartan_418 Well first of all it doesn't take a genius to figure out why Android outsells iPhone. One mobile OS is on dozens of hardware manufacturers phones, the other is only on one manufacturer's phones. Typically you can only buy 3 iPhone models at a time and when the new one comes out, they stop selling the oldest one. So it's basically 3 Apple phones vs. ALL the rest. Its a given Android as an OS would be more widespread than iOS. However when you compare the best selling Android phone which is the Samsung Galaxy series, vs. iPhone, you'd see that Apple has actually outsold Samsung (as of January 2013) 219 million to 131 million. Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57564453-94/in-iphone-vs-galaxy-battle-apple-still-way-on-top/

Furwings
Furwings

@ggregd @Sindroid but the attraction is the lower or even no contract. In Canada there are basically the "Big 3" telecommunications companies, Rogers, Bell and Telus. They all also own smaller subsidiaries Fido, Koodo and Solo, but don't be fooled, the rates are barely different or lower.  On ANY of those 3 carriers (which have the most coverage in Canada) your minimum data package is about $50. And that's just for data. By the time you throw in calling features/bundles you're looking at about $70 /month. This turns off a lot of people so they end up going with Wind or one of the lesser upstarts to get a cheaper, lower-end phone on a much more economical plan - we're talking like $30 /month for voice, data, everything. The trade-off is like I mentioned earlier, older, slower hardware and way less coverage - in fact a lot of phones on the smaller independent carriers can't get service outside of major cities. So if you want the newest, highest-end smartphones, be it Android or iPhone you pretty much have to go with one of the "Big 3" and pay the minimum $50/month data plan.

Furwings
Furwings

@Sindroid Lower- end Android phones like 2 to 3 year old LG, HTC and some Samsung models with single core CPU's and 512 MB RAM running older, more sluggish, less refined versions of the Android OS. Overseas there are more low-end hardware manufacturers of Android-based phones as well. High-end Android phones like the Galaxy series, Nexus series, HTC one, Sony Xperia etc are all great phones but most cost the same or more than the iPhone and most are on carriers with higher data plan rates like the iPhone.

ggregd
ggregd

@Sindroid @Furwings The ones you pay $200 for up front with a pay as you go plan. They run Android 3.0 or something.  Worst deal ever.  They really don't end up being all that cheap.

ggregd
ggregd

@Furwings @higherflyerJ @Spartan_418 That doesn't explain why Galaxies are outselling iPhones and Android in general outsells Apple, Blackberry and Windows phone combined by a large margin.  The Android "installed" base is also nearly double iPhone.  There aren't that many geeks and Galaxies are as expensive as iPhones.  If you want a cheap phone you can get a iPhone 4 for free with a 2 year plan.

Furwings
Furwings

@higherflyerJ @Spartan_418 And I might add there's nothing wrong with either of those. Some people want a smartphone, but are on a super-tight budget so a lower-end Android on a cheaper carrier is the best option. And some power users like to customize and tweak their phones and don't like the "walled garden" restrictions of iOS. It's really personal preference. I'm an iPhone guy, but that's not to say I haven't been tempted to switch to a Galaxy S3 or S4. I do find a lot of stuff pretty cool about Android.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@Landsharkk GameSpot has both iPhone and Android sections under the Mobile tab at the top of the page. 

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

@Spartan_418 @Landsharkk We are on a gaming website, but the above article is about a smartphone.

It'd be the same as going to your favorite music/bands website and seeing an article written about the latest Ford or Dodge mixed in among their new song or tour announcements.  I mean sure the car can play music, but does it belong on a music website?


Just like, sure the iPhone can play games, but does it belong on a gaming website?  Especially when nothing in the article even mentions gaming on the iPhone? It doesn't talk about latest or hottest games available, it doesn't talk about specs that would benefit gaming, it only talks about the phone.


Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@Landsharkk You seem upset.

"Oh look, there's an article that I don't consider to be gaming-related. I'd better click on it and read it so that I can tell people how mad I am"