Reuters is reporting that the next version of Apple’s iPhone will go on sale in September.
Citing three sources with direct knowledge of Apple’s supply chain, the news agency said that production of the iPhone 5 is likely to start in July or August.
It is expected that the phone will be similar in appearance to the iPhone 4, but with a faster processor.
Reuters identified a number of components suppliers for the new phone, namely camera module maker Largan Precision for camera, Wintek to supply the touchscreen, and Foxconn Technology to supply he casing, but none of the vendors would confirm the reports.
If the launch schedule is correct, it would mark a break from Apple’s usual routing of releasing a new iPhone each summer, since the original launch in 2007. Some market observers have suggested that the new phone will be unveiled at an as-yet unscheduled Apple event in September, as Apple has normally held a music-related product launch event in that month.