The iPhone 5 won’t drop in August after all, it seems, after it emerged that the handset still has to undergo a series of tests before it’s ready to be showcased to expectant tech watchers.
According to sources cited by Boy Genius Report (BGR), the next-generation iPhone is currently still in the ‘engineering verification’ stage of testing and has yet to even enter the ‘design verification’ phase of trials.
Going by earlier iPhone models’ progress to market, this suggests that the handset is several weeks, more likely months, away from going into production proper.
Extrapolating further, it's possible to surmise that the handset is likely to appear in September or October and that recent projections it would arrive next month, which in all honesty seemed a bit left-field to us anyway, are wide of the mark.
BGR’s sources also corroborated rumours that the handset will be 4G compatible for super fast browsing and will feature Near Field Communications chips to allow users to pay for low ticket items by swiping their iPhone over a reader.
News of Apple’s release plans comes amid a slew of spec-sheet leaks for its next tilt a smartphone, with most reports claiming it will feature a larger four-inch screen, twice the pixel-pushing power courtesy of a quad-core processor and a larger, taller design.