Apple to Begin Production of Next iPhone This Quarter, Summer Launch Possible

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    The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple will begin production on the next iPhone this quarter, setting the stage for a potential launch this summer.
    In line with some previous rumors, the report claims that the lower-cost iPhone will include a 4-inch display like the iPhone 5, and likely make use of plastic casing materials. The report claims that Apple has been testing "different color shells" for the lower-cost iPhone but that its ultimate plans remain unclear.

    Update: The Wall Street Journal has expanded its report to include additional context, including word that iOS 7 is expected to debut in the middle of this year, presumably alongside the new iPhone hardware as is tradition for Apple.
    Article Link: Apple to Begin Production of Next iPhone This Quarter, Summer Launch Possible
     
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    They'd better deliver something to make me optimistic about or...I'm done with iOS. I'm not a fan of having to jailbreak and not update anymore. That's the main drawback of google, right? Waiting for a release of software?
     
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    If June/July launch is to happen then we should see an event within the next two weeks or so. I am more curious about iOS 7 than 5S.
     
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    Yeah, so far every iPhone update has been at the same time as an iOS update.

    If the iPhone 5S and iOS 7 are going to ship in July then there should be a developer preview event in the near future to show the main new features and let developers start testing beta versions.

    If we don't hear anything until WWDC then I would expect a fall launch for iOS 7 just like with iOS 5 and 6.

    They could always release a new iPhone that runs iOS 6, that would be a major change for them though.
     
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    The new OS is typically previewed 3 months before the handset, so if the iPhone will drop this summer, they'd better get a move on and preview iOS7 or there will be zero to none apps to take advantage of the new hardware at launch!
     
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    So excited. Can't wait to see if they would encourage me to upgrade my 4S.
     
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    We all look for the 5S then BAM iPhone 7. It's so good it skips 6.
     
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    odd, i thought Apple was going to skip 2013 and wait until 2014 for a new phone launch.

    I guess WSJ holds a bit more ground as a media company but...yeah.
     
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    The 5S, yawn. :mad:

    Wake me up when the iPhone 6 is here.
     
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    I don't mind, but I don't expect a summer release suddenly, oh well we will see.
     
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    Cheaper iPhone just sounds like the dumbest idea ever. Apple wants to be known as the Ferrari of the technology industry. Ferrari would never announce a cheap Ferrari.
     
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    At least Apple products don't catch on fire.
     
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    I'm actually more anxious to see the next version of iOS (7) rather than new hardware.. Just seems like nothing new is really coming..
     
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    The iPhone 5 is already awesome in my opinion. The problem isn't the phone. It's the freaking OS.
     
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    Ferrari did start making a lower cost car with the California.

    However, I definitely get your point.
     
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    Because a phone you haven't seen yet can't be any good?

     
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    What? Calling it iPhone 7 or iPhone 8 makes no sense! It's a natural succession and it's definitely going to be called iPhone 6.

    And it all goes back to the time when people argued whether the 6th generation iPhone should be named iPhone 5, iPhone 6 or the new iPhone.
     
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    No, comparing a phone manufacturer to a super-premium luxury automaker is the dumbest idea ever.
     
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    thats ridiculous. who has ever said they are the Ferrari of the tech world, let alone what Apple has said. how many bloody students own a Ferrari?
     
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    Really true, I think the 5s will be the least anticipated phone so far from Apple.

    Will probably still get it though, I've kinda got used to the size now and with my Black ops case I really like it.
     
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    That would be fine with me! It would mean they would be taking the appropriate time to develop software that truly provides something new and innovative to the iPhone experience. This yearly "bump" isn't really doing it for me anymore..

    Alas.. It's still my favorite experience out there.
     
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    cheap ferrari*

    *beaten to it
     
  25. macrumors 65816

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    You are reacting to rumors as if they are true. 90% of next iPhone rumors are false.
    So far i think Apple considers the 4 and 4s to be their low cost phone, when the 5 s comes out then the 5 is a low cost phone.
    Personally I would like to see Apple come out with a bigger screen this year but very unlikely that will happen anytime soon
    They need to loosen up on the OS to allow replacement of core apps and availability of banned apps like the drone attacks app.
    Also I didn't think they needed full multi-tasking but am changing my mind on that.

     

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