The fifth-generation iPhone has begun its trial by fire and is due for production in the third quarter, a China Times report claims.
According to the daily, Apple looks dead set to rectify its mistakes with the iPhone 4 by fitting the iPhone 5 with an all-aluminium chassis to boost antenna sensitivity and increase resistance to scratches, which have been the two biggest complaints for the current iteration of the kit.
It’s also being reported that Cupertino has already started testing the handset and plans to give the green signal for manufacturing in Q3 if nothing goes awry.
While Apple remains as tight-lipped as ever as to what the world can expect from the latest annual refresh of its hot-selling kit, rumours having been doing the rounds that it will pack an A5 dual core processor, and come equipped with “induction pay” (wave and pay) technology, also known as Near Field Communication (NFC), which allows the handset to double as an electronic wallet for making low-ticket payments in the same vein as the Oyster Card.
Although sources in several UK carriers have suggested that Apple will skip NFC this time around as it’s not convinced the tech is ready yet to become an industry standard, several well-placed movers and shakers have since reignited rumours that Cupertino will go ahead with including NFC on the iPhone 5 after all.
Source: China Times via MacRumors
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