New iPhone 5 rumours have surfaced, this time via analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from Concord Securities. According to Kuo’s supply chain sources, the next iPhone will not be redesigned but instead have ‘slight modifications’ compared to the iPhone 4. Specific new features noted by Kuo indicate the A5 processor (presently in the iPad 2) and an 8 megapixel rear camera. In terms of antenna design, it will be improved and also Qualcomm will be supplying basebands for both GSM and CDMA models.
When will the iPhone 5 start trial production? The timeline mentions August, with mass production to begin in September. The highlight of the iPhone 5 will be iOS 5, which is slated to be announced at Apple’s upcoming sold out WWDC.
We’ve heard recent rumours of a Fall announcement of Apple’s next iPhone. If Kuo’s report of a slightly modified iPhone 5 is true, I would certainly have to agree with it. I stated previously why we don’t ‘need’ a completely redesigned iPhone 5, as the current iPhone 4’s hardware is still a worthy competitor.
If we look back to Apple’s iPhone revision history, there hasn’t been major revamps back to back. Design from the iPhone 3G to 3GS did not have any cosmetic changes, but the iPhone 4 did. Keeping with similar designs and slight modifications allow Apple to maximize their profits and keep prices competitive through economies of scale.
What features do you think Apple should unleash in the next iPhone?