iPhone 5 in September, Design Similar to iPhone 4?

Reuters reports that Apple plans to begin iPhone 5 production in July and this next-generation of iPhone will be ready for shipping in September.

Apple Inc suppliers will begin production of its next-generation iPhone in July this year, with the finished product likely to begin shipping in September, three people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

The upcoming iPhone 5 is said to look similar to the current iPhone 4. The iPhone 5 is also rumored to have bigger screen, thinner bezel, 64GB model, dual-core A5 processor and graphics enhancements found in the iPad 2, and new cloud-based functionality through Apple’s upcoming iOS 5.

The new smartphone will have a faster processor but will look largely similar to the current iPhone 4, one of the people said. They declined to be identified because the plans were not yet public.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with Concord Securities has heard that “the iPhone 5 will include the faster A5 processor already found in the iPad 2, as well as a higher resolution 8 megapixel rear camera. He has also been told that Apple will switch to a Qualcomm baseband for both GSM and CDMA models, along with an improved antenna design.”

If true, the iPhones are going to be grouped with iPods from now on. Apple typically holds a fall media event at the beginning of September for iPods. Apple promises to unveil iOS 5 at WWDC 2011, kicks off June 6th. [9to5mac]

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