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Foxconn worker claims iPhone 5 in preparation for production

updated 01:00 pm EST, Wed January 25, 2012

Several sample devices in circulation

An iPhone 5 is being prepared for production, claims a source at Apple's main Chinese manufacturing partner, Foxconn. The person adds that several non-final sample devices are currently in circulation, each varying slightly. All of them, though, are said to be longer and wider than the iPhone 4S, use a 4-inch display, and have neither the 4S form factor nor the teardrop shape sometimes rumored prior to the 4S' launch. The source is said to be one of those who said an iPhone 5 wouldn't happen last fall.

If the device follows the roughly five-month production lead time of the iPhone 4S, Apple could be returning to a summer launch schedule. The 4S was considered a disappointment in some quarters as it not only shipped in October, rather than June or July as usual, but had a relatively modest set of improvements such as a better camera and a faster, dual-core processor. The iPhone 5 has been rumored as getting not only a 4-inch screen, but a quad-core processor and LTE-based 4G, among other improvements.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    a disappointment?

    The 4S was considered a disappointment in some quarters as it not only shipped in October, rather than June or July as usual, but had a relatively modest set of improvements such as a better camera and a faster, dual-core processor.

    to whom? just look at yesterday's financials. iPhone 4s sales blew away even the most wild expectations. If iPhone 5 has the specs above... smashing sales records will become the new normal.

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  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yeah, saying that iPhone 5 wouldn't....

    be available last year gives him 'credibility'.

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  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    For the last FRICKIN' time

    There will be NO "iPhone 5". Never. Got it? Finally? Please??

    The iPhone 4 was the fourth iPhone, hence the name. What would the "5" in "iPhone 5" stand for then? The fifth iPhone? Sorry, that's already here, and it's the iPhone 4S that's been selling like hotcakes for the last few months (disappointment indeed).

    So PLEASE, for Pete's sake, let go of this iPhone 5 buIIshit already. Thank you.

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  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Calling it the iPhone 5 at this point doesn't make much sense, unless they're simply trying to cash in on all the awareness surrounding the iPhone 5 branding. I would expect it to be either "iPhone 6" or "iPhone 4G".

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  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    wtf? come on

    Jeronimo and WiseWeasel... get a grip

    The iPhone 4S may have been the fifth iPhone model... but it is just an iPhone 4 with Siri. It looks just like an iPhone 4. It made perfect sense for them to call it iPhone 4S. What's more, the iPhone 4 followed... the iPhone 3GS. Which followed the iPhone 3G (so named because it was the first iPhone to use 3G, not EDGE).

    So... it would make sense for them to call it the iPhone 5... or they could call it something else. (there was no iPhone 2).

    We really have no idea, since we don't work at Apple and even most of the people working at Apple don't know what the next iPhone will be called. Could be iPhone 5, could be iPhone 5S, could be iPhone 4GS, could be... ???

    For now, I think iPhone 5 is perfectly acceptable shorthand and it won't upset me if it's called that until we find out for sure what it's named. I think that the one thing we can divine from past history, is that it *won't* be an iPhone 4(fill in the initials) if the look of the phone itself changes (and I expect it to).

  1. aSevie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    4" Screen a must...

    I was disappointed with the 4S so I bought a Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket just to try it out. Aside from the lousy apps, not-so-polished OS and moderate camara, it was a pretty good phone. The LTE was RIDICULOUSLY fast. But the speed was canceled out by the limited refinement of the OS and Apps and it wasn't enough to keep me in the Android ecosystem. So, I ended up returning the Samsung for a 4S. It was good and bad going back to the iPhone. Good in that the OS refinement was much more appreciated but bad because I had to put up with this little a** screen. If the next iPhone doesn't have at least a 4" screen, even with the same resolution, it will be a deal breaker for me (I'll go back to the Samsung which by then will include the rumored HD screen and ICS.) For now, going back to 3G has been tough too, hopefully LTE will be included in the next one. iPhones and major airports don't go well together. I regulary get less than .5Mbps with my iPhone at the Atlanta airport, the Skyrocket, how did it do in ATL? Ohh, about 49Mbps. Ouch. And Apple needs to come off it with some of its software limitations, 4 taps to turn bluetooth on and off? Really? 3 taps to get to wifi? Come on Apple, don't force us to jailbreak it just to get useful widgets that can change simple settings. Those features are missed as well in coming back to this 4s.

  1. kimgh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    4 inch screen a dealbreaker...

    Please! I hope this unknown source is wrong about the 4" screen. The current screen size is perfect for me, and I want to get the next iPhone. But not if it has a 4" screen!

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  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    4" Screen is FAD

    Screen sizes are really critical for UI constancy, which Android phone doesn't have. No version of Android is able to support the iPhone pixel density so every Android phone maker are forced to blowup the screen size to maintain the UI usable at their current resolution. Apple chooses to stick with 2 screen size only for iOS device and instead play with pixel density which offer a better screen quality than over blowed phone screen size to accommodate a screen that can compete with the iPhone resolution.

  1. DaJoNel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What the f**k is with all of the down-votes? These are legitimate comments. Looks like wrenchy and the gang have spawned fake accounts to troll even further.

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