The iPhone 5 is in production already, insiders have disclosed, as anticipation continues to build around the sixth-generation Apple smartphone.
According to reliable Chinese sources cited by Japanese blog Macotakara, whose editorial remit is all things to come out of the House of Cupertino, Apple has ordered its manufacturing partners to ramp up production of the phone.
Assuming the purported leaks can be trusted, the timing of the directive from Apple tallies with earlier reports that the phone will be launched in September or October. The shiny gadget-maker conventionally progresses to full production two to three months before the handset comes to market.
The site’s sources also appeared to corroborate rumours that the iPhone 5 will feature a dual-material backplate, combining the same robust Gorilla Glass that featured in the iPhone 4 and 4S with presumably even more hard-wearing aluminium.
Touted as the most radical iPhone upgrade ever, Apple’s next smartphone is expected to feature a fresh, new look, as well as a larger screen of around four inches and a quad-core processor to bring it in line with the current crop of high-end Android superphones.
4G support for browsing at speeds that dwarf 3G is also expected to be present and correct in territories where the next-gen network technology is in place.