With dust from the launch of the iPhone 4S barely settling, buzz is already circulating about Apple’s next-generation smartphone, the iPhone 5.
A new report claims that Apple will be returning to its regular schedule for releasing smartphones, which means the iPhone 5 will be released next summer, or in about nine months. The sixth-generation iPhone will supposedly feature a complete redesign, including a larger screen, thinner shape, and 4G LTE capabilities.
Rumors of the iPhone 5 began in January, with reports promising a totally new smartphone from Apple. However, soon after, news began to surface of an iPhone 4S. Apparently the original plan was a dual release of the iPhone 5 and 4S, though unknown problems caused a delay of the iPhone 5.
Reports of manufacturing issues with the display of the supposed iPhone 5 surfaced late in the summer, though Apple never lent credence to such claims. While we may never know what exactly caused the delay of the iPhone 5, we do know that the smartphone was Steve Jobs’ last project, not the 4S like most assumed.
With Apple releasing two smartphones within 9 months of each other, it will be interesting to see if consumers flock to the next generation iPhone simply because it benefited from Steve Jobs’ Midas touch.