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Analyst Claims ‘iPhone 5’ Shows No Redesign, Same 3.5″ Screen, Glass Front and Back?

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With recent reports of the iPhone 5 to receive a larger screen and thinner, wider design, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes otherwise, in his notes sent in to MacRumors. Moreover, the timeline for Apple to send GM builds of iOS to manufacturers will be from the last week of September, coinciding with a rumoured October launch.

According to Kuo, there is also no evidence in his supply chain sources to hint at a newly redesigned ‘iPhone 5’, but rather similar features as the existing iPhone 4, hinting at a slight upgrade to the next iPhone.

His notes include the next iPhone will have 512MB of RAM like the iPad 2, a slightly thinner design based on revealed camera module thickness, a similar 3.5″ display, and chances the front and back to have glass once again. Kuo reiterates the manufacturers Foxconn and Pegatron responsible for production, with Foxconn taking the lion’s share of the load at 85%, and Pegatron responsible for the Asia-Pacific market.

If this is true, the report hints more at the ‘iPhone 4S’/N94, or it could be just speculation because Apple is keeping a tight lid on its next prototype–except for the unit they ‘lost’ in San Francisco recently.

What are some specs the next iPhone must have to make it worthy enough for you to upgrade (aside from just being the next iPhone)?

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