iPhone 5 Release Date Pegged for Summer

The iPhone 5 rumor mill is in full swing once again as a new report from 9to5Mac, referencing a source within Foxconn China, indicates that the iPhone 5 is currently being prepared for production. According to that source, there are various models of the device being tossed around so at this point, it’s impossible to tell which of them is going to be the final version.

There are apparently some things in common across the devices and those are as follows.

Not one of these samples has the same form factor as the iPhone 4 or the iPhone 4S. That being said, there are no teardrop style iPhone 5 samples in the mix either. The samples are apparently symmetrical in thickness and bear shapes that are both thinner and wider.

iPhone 4S

Not the iPhone 5.

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They also supposedly have 4+ inch displays with at least one of them coming from the fine folks at LG. So, yes, if this pans out, it’s possible that we might finally see Apple stray from its comfort zone of 3.5-inches.

As far as a release is concerned, last year, Apple didn’t start gearing up for production of the iPhone 4S until late in the Spring. So, if the source here is to be believed, it’s possible that the iPhone 5 might be on for a release this summer with an introduction coming at WWDC.

This doesn’t line up with a previous report that stated that the iPhone 5, with a re-design, would be launching in the fall of 2012, which would follow the release precedent set by the iPhone 4S.

The iPhone 5 is also widely expected to feature compatibility with 4G LTE networks here in the United States.