The iPhone 5 may not be long for this world, it has emerged, amid speculation that the handset could be phased out when new models land later this year.
According to Korean site ET News, whose scoop was brought to the western world by MacRumors, the current-generation iPhone, plus the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, are being dropped to make way for the new standard iPhone and the low-cost model.
Apple’s move is partly aimed at allowing it to phase out its trad iPhone connector and ensure the newer standard it adopted last year is used across its smartphone range.
The iPhone 5 will apparently be joining the older Apple kits in the phone graveyard because the touchscreen it uses is not “suitable for low-volume production", making the handset unviable as a mid-range or low-cost option.
Apple is expected to debut a phone or phones in September, According to reports, the cheaper model will recycle some parts from earlier iPhones and ditch premium materials for plastic construction.
Assuming rumours can be believed, the iPhone refresh proper will retain the same dimensions and design as the iPhone 5, with upgrades restricted to the handset’s internals.