All iPhone 5 Rumors [Till August 2nd]

Posted By Jane on August 3, 2011
in Special Focus

Different from the previous 3 events, Apple’s 2011 WWDC didn’t reveal new hardware but only software like iOS 5, iCloud and Mac OX Lion. No news from Apple about the hot debated iPad 3 and iPhone 5 were revealed. But after the iPhone 4 was released in 2010, the rumors on iPhone 5 never stop for a second.

The first gossip started to trickle in even as the iPhone 4 went on sale last year. Some of the rumors contradict each other – one camp suggests a minor update with an iPhone 4S, while another predicts a big update with an iPhone 5 – but disagreement, after all, often is what the rumor mill is all about. And since conflicting information can be hard to track, we offer this handy timeline of iPhone 5 rumors so far till August 2, 2011.

The original collection of iPhone 5 rumors:

Is this what iPhone 5 looks like?
Is this what iPhone 5 looks like?

August 2

iPhone 5 out for testing

The Guardian (U.K.) reports that wireless carriers have received highly secure boxes containing iPhone 5s that the operators are using to test network compatibility.

August 1

No vacations for you

Gizmodo cites an e-mail allegedly from an AT&T employee, which says that the carrier is denying any vacations requested during the last two weeks of September “due to an event blackout.” According to the employee, the only other times vacations were denied in the past were during iPhone release periods.

Or maybe in October

Going the other direction, a story on AllThingsD quotes a source “with knowledge of the plans” who says, “I don’t know why AT&T’s calling for all hands on deck those weeks, but it’s not for an iPhone launch.” Instead, the source says that the next iPhone will come in October.

July 28

A white iPhone 4S

In a rather convoluted tale, MacRumors highlighted a forum post from Vietnamese site Tinhte that claims to have a new version of the iPhone 4. Differences between the new version and the current handset are few, but Tinhte says it’s a bit faster, it weighs less, and it has a plastic shell instead of glass.

4 million iPhones in September

China Times reports that Apple will produce 4 million new iPhones for release in the second week of September.

July 27

A new case for a new design

U.K. blog Mobile Fun receives new iPhone case designs from two manufacturers. They point to a major redesign that includes a larger screen and home button, and a curved back.

July 26

AT&T and Apple get to work

MacRumors reports that Apple is bringing back former employees to work part-time between August 15 and September 15. Though that time period coincides with the back-to-school season, it also falls within the long-rumored early September iPhone release window. Also, according to Boy Genius Report, AT&T is preparing its employees for more foot traffic at its stores in September. A source told the blog that the carrier has asked its managers and employees to finish any current training as soon as possible.

July 13

Now hiring for an August iPhone

After some clever detective work, CNET UK finds a job posting repeated throughout the United Kingdom that asks for “Apple iPhone Sales Specialists” to work in Apple retail stores. The temporary positions would last from mid-August through the end of October and would be for what the recruiter describes as “an exciting project.”

July 6

Suppliers get their orders

Anonymous sources tell The Wall Street Journal that Apple has asked suppliers to build 25 million units of its next iPhone by August for a third-quarter launch.

July 5

15 million in September

Taiwian’s DigiTimes reports that Apple has placed an order for 15 million iPhone 5s for a September release.

July 1

Both an iPhone 5 and an iPad 3

DigiTimes says that suppliers are gearing up to help Apple produce millions of units of both an iPhone 5 and an iPad 3 for an October release.

June 29

A modest update

BMO Capital analyst Keith Bachman claims in a note to investors that Apple will introduce just an iPhone 4S model in September. The iPhone 4S would include only modest feature upgrades and the design would be unchanged.

June 27

Two new iPhones to come

Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore predicts that Apple will introduce two iPhones later this year. The first will be a full next-generation handset (most likely an iPhone 5), while the second will be a revamped iPhone 4 (probably called an iPhone 4S) that Apple will target to customers on prepaid cell phone plans.

A third-quarter release

Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty said that Apple will start “aggressively” making the next iPhone in August and launch the handset late in the third quarter of this year. Huberty made the remarks after a trip to Taiwan where she presumably met with Apple suppliers.

June 24

A brighter flash

DigiTimes says the iPhone 5 will have a dual-LED flash.

June 22

Again, in September

Bloomberg reports that the new iPhone will have a faster A5 processor, an 8-megapixel camera, and support for iOS 5. The new handset will sport a design similar to the iPhone 4’s and will be released in September to coincide with iOS 5’s debut. On a related note, Bloomberg’s source also repeats a rumor that Apple is developing a cheaper iPhone for developing countries.

June 21

An iPhone 5 in full September

The Boy Genius Report predicts that Apple will announce the fully revamped iPhone 5 in early August with a release date later in the month. If true, that timing would bend from tradition, given that Apple usually holds an iPod-themed event in September.

A ‘tear drop’ design

Photos of a brand-new tapered or “tear drop” design also resurface that day.

May 23

A curved display

DigiTimes suggests that the iPhone 5 will have a curved glass screen like the Samsung Nexus S’ “Contour” design. DigiTimes also says that Apple has bought 200 or 300 glass-cutting machines to be used by glassmakers.

May 19

A global iPhone for Verizon

While speaking at the Reuters Global Technology Summit, Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo says that Big Red will carry the next iPhone and that it will “operate in as many countries as AT&T’s global iPhone.” Shammo’s comments also suggest that the device won’t have LTE.

May 18

An iPhone 4S

DigiTimes chimes in on the iPhone 4S side with a report that Apple will release an upgraded, but not redesigned, handset in September.

May 13

Small changes, but on all carriers

Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek says the next iPhone will show only incremental changes and will lack support for 4G LTE networks. Besides a few cosmetic tweaks, he predicts better cameras, an A5 dual-core processor, and support for HSPA+ networks. Though he says the new device could land at all four major U.S. carriers beginning in September, Misek likens the upgrade to what we saw from the iPhone 3G to the 3GS.

April 19

A5 processor and a bigger camera

Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the device will get an A5 processor and a much-improved 8MP rear camera and that it will be released in October or November.

A September release

Reuters follows a different track with a report that Apple will begin production of the phone in July for a September release.

April 13

Suppliers still in the dark

DigiTimes writes that part suppliers in Taiwan still don’t know Apple’s needs for the handset. What’s more, the outlet also says that production of iPhone 4 displays is still going strong.

April 11

Trouble with suppliers

AppleInsider quotes an Avian Securities note to investors, which suggests that production will start in September. According to the note, the latest information is “consistent with other findings the organization has heard in recent months.” What’s more, another rumor mentions that Apple is taking its time finding enough parts suppliers.

April 7

A bigger display, part four

A new Apple patent application depicts a screen that’s built into the area surrounding the traditional touch screen. This could free up space on the main display, and open up new directions for developers.

March 28

An October release

A Japanese blog reports that because Apple is behind schedule on securing parts, the iPhone 5 launch could be pushed to October. The blog also says the company is deciding whether to change the back of the iPhone from glass to metal.

March 22

NFC, larger display, and a new antenna

China Times claims the iPhone 5 will have a slightly larger screen, a Near Field Communications (NFC) chip, an A5 processor, and a tweaked antenna design to address attenuation. The release date is only set as “later this year.”

NFC confirmed

The same day, The New York Times confirms that future iPhones will have an NFC chip.

March 14


The Independent says that NFC won’t make it into the new phone. Instead, the newspaper says, Apple plans to introduce its own mobile payment system next year.

March 11

A bigger display, part three

Reseller iDealsChina posts a “mold engineering” drawing that vendors use to develop iPhone accessories. The drawing shows a handset with an iPhone 4-like design but with a larger display.

March 9

A5 processor, part two

In a deep dive of the new iOS 4.3 code, Apple developers found signs that Apple may add an A5 dual-core processor in the next iPhone version. That would put the handset on par with the iPad 2’s processing power.

March 7

Looking like the iPad

Design is the focus of this rumor, which suggests that Apple will ditch the glass backing on the iPhone 4 for a metal backing, revamp the antenna, and add tapered ends. The end result will be something like the iPad.

February 28

A bigger display, part two

iDealsChina posts a photo of an iPhone 5 front bezel that shows a larger display.

February 15

A5 processor

The A5 chip rumor is raised again when DigiTimes reports that Apple is outsourcing the production of the processor, which will be based on the ARM Cortex A9 design.

February 14

A bigger display

Speculation builds that the new handset will offer a 4-inch, “edge-to-edge” display. The reports suggest that the move would be a direct response to the display design of many Android devices.

Slide-out keyboard

We also hear that the iPhone 5 could offer a slide-out keyboard or that it could just offer longer battery life and a better camera.

January 14

No home button

An anonymous Apple source told the Boy Genius Report that both the iPad 2 and the next-generation iPhone would lose their home buttons in favor of gesture-based commands that would be part of iOS 4.3.

Related posts:

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  3. Will the iPhone 5 waiting for iOS 5?
  4. Apple’s iPhone 5 will launch in June? A Korean Joke
  5. HTC Puccini Comes This August with 10.1-inch Display and Android 3.2

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