iPhone 5 ‘to use iPad chips'
The iPhone 5 is likely to launch in September and feature the iPad’s faster processor, but analysts say they do not anticipate a major overhaul
Apple's iPhone 5 will feature "slight modifications" from its predecessor and will launch in September, a new report from analysts Concord Securities claims.
The firm’s Ming-Chi Kuo said that the new model would include an 8 megapixel rear camera and the A5 processor currently used in the iPad.
In a research note he said his checks with supply chain sources suggested that the next handset from Apple will not feature an all-new design.
The analyst also found evidence of an improved antenna design and greater use of chips made by Qualcomm.
He said he expected trial production to begin in August with mass production coming the following month, allowing Apple to make approximately 30 million of the devices this year.
Previous reports have indicated that Apple is set to make its new iPhone available in October, when it begins its new financial year, rather than as usual at June’s World Wide Developers’ Conference. That event is thought to be likely to focus on new software.
Kuo also suggested that the Japanese earthquake and tsunami could delay new iPods until later in the year. He said that the next dramatic iPhone overhaul will come in 2012.
In January, Kuo correctly claimed that Apple's iPad 2 would feature the same display as the first-generation iPad, and that it would also use the same cameras as the iPod Touch, rather than those found in the iPhone 4.
Kuo also said in March that Apple was set to begin production of the white iPhone 4 and ship the device in April, which was confirmed by other reports last week.