iPhone 5 Rumor: New Model to Be ‘Completely Redesigned’
Various sources are reporting that Apple is shifting suppliers for parts of its next iPhone and that the new model, the fifth version of the phone, will be a complete redesign for the product.
The news that Apple is changing suppliers is the latest from the Chinese-language Economic Daily News, reported elsewhere. Apple is said to be turning to Taiwanese manufacturers Foxconn and Foxlink for some parts of the iPhone 5 in an effort to cut production costs.
At the same time, Engadget cites “sources” in saying the next iPhone will be a “completely redesigned handset.” The report goes on to speculate that the iPhone 5 will have a Qualcomm GSM/CDMA chipset and a new processor called the A5. The phone is said to be a “total rethink,” but supposedly it won’t feature LTE 4G connectivity.
The Qualcomm chip rumor is buoyed by the recent unveiling of the Verizon iPhone, which will have a Qualcomm CDMA chip. Additionally, rethinking the design of the iPhone seems prudent in the wake of the release of several Android phones with screens larger than the iPhone’s 3.5-inch display. The bad press received by the iPhone 4’s external antenna may also be a factor.
If Apple follows its normal product refresh cycle, the next iPhone should arrive this summer, most likely on the heels of a refreshed iPad.
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