Business Hardware iOS iPhones News, , , , , , — April 24, 2012 15:38 — 3 Comments

October launch for new Apple iPhone?

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A Mock up of what Apple's new iPhone may look like. Photo: Macrumours

Delays in the supply chain, no WWDC 2012 announcement as yet and a complete makeover of the device point to autumn launch after all

We do like a good Apple rumour here at Smart Movie Making, especially those involving the new iPhone (5). We can’t wait to get our hands on one and the latest bits of internettittle-tattleto ping into our dedicated Apple rumour inbox make interesting reading, some of it may even be true!

First up, TechCrunch puts the release of the next iPhone in October and not summertime, which makes sense as the annual Apple World Wide Developers Conference 2012 has not even been announced. Last year it was held early June in San Francisco, but still no word on this year’s from Apple HQ.

Is the WWDC 2012 being pushed back until the new iPhone is ready? Let’s start our own rumour.

On the supply side Qualcomm is the manufacturer of the 4G LTE chip for the new iPhone, but internet reports state that Qualcomm is facing some supply issues, which again points to an October release.

Thanks to the rumored switch to cutting edge in-cell touch panels, analysts also predict that the new iPhone could be the thinnest yet. According to AppleInsider, recent rumours claim the next Apple smartphone will use new in-cell touch panels, reducing the weight and overall thickness of the device.

KGI Securities analystMing-ChiKuo backs that rumour, noting that the switch to in-cell touch panel technology could shave .44 milimeters off the thickness of the next iPhone.

PCMag reports that the new design would embed the phone’s touch sensor within the display, thus eliminating the separate touch sensor layer, as well as one layer of adhesive used on the current model. Moreover, a thinner battery and Apple’s rumored switch to a metal back instead of glass could further reduce the iPhones thickness by .96 mm, Kuo predicted.

With all these changes, Kuo believes that the depth of the next iPhone will measure in at just 7.09 mm. The iPhone 4S, in comparison, is 9.3 mm thick. Kuo reported that Apple is likely aiming to keep its next iPhone under 8 mm thick, to stay competitive with rival smartphone makers, according to AppleInsider.

Finally, will the new iPhone have a unibody construction like the Apple’s Macbook Pro line?

The latest reports from various news sources in South Korea point toward LiquidMetal being used to create the Unibody case. LiquidMetal is an alloy constructed of a lot of different metals, including titanium, nickel, zirconium and copper – it’s tough and hard to break, but feels like glass, according to TechCrunch.

All will be revealed when Apple CEO Tim Cook actually stands on a stage with a new iPhone in hand, when that happens is still open to conjecture, of course.

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