Apple’s iPhone 5 is reported to in the throws of a production practice run in China. The highly anticipated follow-up to last year’s iPhone 4 is expected to get a release date in Q3 of 2011.
Obviously, because this is the iPhone, it’s to be taken with more than a pinch of proverbial salt, but it is interesting nonetheless. If the iPhone 5 is undergoing trial production runs, as The China Times claims, then a release in Q3 could be very likely.
Having said that, The China Times report is quite contradictory. For one, it claims that the iPhone 5 will be very similar to the iPhone 4 in terms of design, including the antenna strip, which caused all those ‘issues’ upon its entry to market.
The iPhone 5, at least, the one in trial production, is said to have an NFC chip in it. Again, this goes against earlier reports that claimed Apple is waiting for better payment standards – or is this Apple’s own NFC chip?
Either way, these are highly speculative claims, which we will have no way of verifying until the Apple officially announces the device.
The Chinese source does, however, claim that the iPhone 5 production-trial model does feature a larger display – although no exact measurements were given.
All in all, this report is simply just more of the same – NFC, bigger screen, suspected release dates etc.
The only real interesting tit-bit of information is that the iPhone 5 is claimed to be getting a release in Q3 of 2011.
But as we said earlier, there’s no way to verify any of this without official word for Apple and, in case you haven’t noticed, Apple does not comment on anything, ever.