With the hotly anticipated iPad3 tablet expected to take the world by storm in March, a fresh Apple-flavored industry leak has revealed that the iPhone 5 handset looks likely to follow in June.
That’s according to a report on 9to5Mac, which cites information received from a loose-lipped employee of China-based manufacturing partner Foxconn in its claim that production of Apple’s next smartphone is about to start.
“The source said various sample devices are also floating around (they vary slightly from one another), so it is impossible to tell which one will be the final [design],” the report notes.
Some of the physical aspects of said sample handsets include a screen larger than that used on the iPhone 4S, a longer and wider footprint, and symmetrical chassis aesthetics (no teardrop-shaped devices).
Although the report’s source fails to provide any pertinent information regarding the device’s exact specifications, existing chatter suggests the inclusion of a 4.3-inch qHD screen (960x540) and the same quad-core A6 system-on-a-chip processor expected in the iPad3.
Apple has, of course, neither confirmed nor denied the above speculation. But, given that it sold some 27.04 million iPhone units during the final quarter of 2011, it probably feels it doesn’t need to.