The next-gen iPhone will make its debut in five months time, latest leaks from Apple’s manufacturing partners suggest.
According to a report from Digitimes citing supply-chain sources, the phone will launch in September – suggesting that Apple has permanently abandoned its previously regular-as-clockwork, annual iPhone refreshes in June.
Pegatron, which has apparently completed factory updates and embarked on a hiring drive in anticipation of high demand for the iPhone 5, has purportedly been issued with orders to begin manufacturing the handset.
The company will also assume manufacturing detail for the next iPad, scheduled for the fourth quarter.
Before that however, Apple will bring the much-rumoured, lesser-spotted seven-inch iPad to market in August, DigiTimes reports. This will be manufactured by Foxconn.
The existence of a smaller iPad has been consistently denied by Apple, with former CEO Steve Jobs once dubbing seven-inch screens “too small” to do justice to its software and claiming that they mitigate against the creation of “great tablet apps.”