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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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
  2. clibinarius macrumors 6502a

    Aug 26, 2010
    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?
  3. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    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.
  4. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    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.
  5. haydn! macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    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!
  6. AngelOfSoul macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2013
    So excited. Can't wait to see if they would encourage me to upgrade my 4S.
  7. cclloyd macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2011
    Alpha Centauri A
    We all look for the 5S then BAM iPhone 7. It's so good it skips 6.
  8. BJMRamage macrumors 68020


    Oct 2, 2007
    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.
  9. iSteve-O macrumors regular


    Oct 2, 2011
    The 5S, yawn. :mad:

    Wake me up when the iPhone 6 is here.
  10. Davejprince macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2012
    The Netherlands
    I don't mind, but I don't expect a summer release suddenly, oh well we will see.
  11. ajvizzgamer101 macrumors 65816

    Mar 3, 2008
    United States
    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.
  12. Baklava macrumors 6502a


    Feb 1, 2010
  13. Dobiewonkanobie macrumors regular

    Nov 16, 2007
    At least Apple products don't catch on fire.
  14. caligomez macrumors regular


    Feb 8, 2011
    San Juan, PR
    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..
  15. Northgrove macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2010
    The iPhone 5 is already awesome in my opinion. The problem isn't the phone. It's the freaking OS.
  16. hutch34 macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2012
    Ferrari did start making a lower cost car with the California.

    However, I definitely get your point.
  17. nick_elt macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2011
  18. DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

    Nov 3, 2009
    Because a phone you haven't seen yet can't be any good?

  19. Simplicated, Apr 2, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2013

    Simplicated macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    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.
  20. absurdamerica macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2011
    No, comparing a phone manufacturer to a super-premium luxury automaker is the dumbest idea ever.
  21. nick_elt macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2011
    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?
  22. wrkactjob macrumors 65816


    Feb 29, 2008
    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.
  23. caligomez macrumors regular


    Feb 8, 2011
    San Juan, PR
    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.
  24. Eric E. Schmidt macrumors member

    Nov 14, 2012
    cheap ferrari*

    *beaten to it
  25. DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

    Nov 3, 2009
    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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