It’s about that time again. iPhone 5 rumors will be rolling in between now and its release, so we’ll try our best to keep you up to date on what’s being talked about and what may actually be legitimate rumors. Today, rumor has it that the next generation iPhone (iPhone 5) is already in testing at Apple, but the actual phone is encased in an iPhone 4 / 4S body around campus to obfuscate onlookers who may be curious about how the next iPhone may look.
This rumor, just like all the others that came before it last year, hinges on the fact that the next iPhone will not look like the current model, the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4. Many have speculated that the iPhone 4S was going to look like an entirely new phone around this time last year, but as we now know the rumor didn’t have much weight to it.
Historically, the iPhone lineup keeps the same form factor for two generations of phones, so right now, it’s a pretty safe bet to assume that the next iPhone will not look anything like the iPhone 4S. Additionally, this rumor du jour hints that the iPhone 5 will have an A5X processor and 1GB of RAM, much like the current iPad (third-generation).
Furthermore, we’re also hearing today from a Foxconn employee that the next iPhone will be available in October. Late last week we heard from a glorified security guard at Foxconn who announced to the world that the next iPhone would be available in June or July. Today, a person inside Foxconn’s Human Resources department is stating that the next iPhone will ship in October, stating “We just got the order. It [the release] will be around October.” Like we said last week, it’s unlikely that anyone with intimate knowledge of the iPhone 5 plans would talk to the press and spill the beans like the HR representative did at Foxconn. If the employee was in the know and did legitimately spill the beans, they may just be the worst HR rep of all time. The original iPhone through until the iPhone 4 were released during the summer months; however, the iPhone 4S shirked the norm, and instead was released in the early fall. There’s a very high likelihood that the next generation iPhone will follow along with the new release schedule of the iPhone 4S.