The next-gen iPhone will be the slimmest yet and is on course for release later this year, reports suggest.
According to supply chain sources, Apple has placed orders for thinner and lighter components than those that featured in the iPhone 4, including wireless baseband chips from Qualcomm which are designed to free up designers to create more compact handsets.
The insiders also disclosed that Cupertino is aiming to have built 25 million iPhone 5's before the end of 2011 – adding weight to ongoing speculation that the phone will drop later this year rather than the early 2012 due date some analysts have named.
Specifications for the handset remain a closely guarded secret right now. However, it is strongly rumoured to be home to an eight megapixel snapper – up from the five megapixel number on the iPhone 4 – and Near Field Communications tech that enables users to pay for low-ticket items using their handset.
Apple fanboys have also been teased with talk that the fifth iPhone could showcase a radical redesign and possibly dispense with a physical home button altogether in favour of an all-touchscreen user interface.
Wall Street Journal
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