Foxconn Employee Says 4-Inch iPhone 5 Will Be Released This Summer [Report]

Foxconn Employee Says 4-Inch iPhone 5 Will Be Released This Summer [Report]

Apple is preparing to produce its next iPhone model for release this summer, according to unnamed source at the China-based supplier Foxconn. While a number of varying sample devices are floating around, the next iPhone could include a 4-inch screen with a form factor unlike the current iPhone 4S.

9to5Mac cites a “reliable source” within the Apple supplier. Although unidentified, the source said the iPhone 5 could appear during Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference set for this summer. In 2011, the tech giant departed from its usual iPhone product launch schedule, delaying introducing the iPhone 4S until October.

As for the iPhone 5’s appearance, at least one of the samples seen by the Foxconn employee includes a 4-inch screen, suggesting Apple is considering enlarging the smartphone’s current display. Observers have debated whether Apple should become part of an industry push to offer larger screens both to accommodate better graphics and differentiate similar-looking products. The iPhone 4S has a 3.5-inch screen.

Unlike some reports that the new smartphone will have a teardrop shape, the blog reports all iPhone 5 production samples avoid such changes, however are longer and wider than currently available Apple handsets.

The most important feature found in the samples is that none are the final version. As the time goes on, we are likely to hear more leaks about the shape and functionality of the new iPhone.

But can this report be trusted? The site says this latest leak comes from the same source who advised against the widespread assumption Apple would unveil the iPhone 5 in the summer of 2011. Instead, the Cupertino, Calif. company unveiled the iPhone 4S, a handset similar to the iPhone 4 but with the voice-recognition system Siri.

What are the readers’ opinions? Should we believe the new iPhone is a complete departure from the iPhone 4S? Such a report is contrary to Apple’s tradition of evolutionary product updates.

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  • John S. Wilson

    I don’t see the benefit of compromising the yearly release schedule. Additionally, the release right before the holidays looks like a good decision.

  • Caio Bianchi

    Those FoxConn employees were trying to kill themselves the other day. Reliable source?

  • Srose428

    Harsh but true.

  • joewaylo

    or they’ll go by their new schedule of October.

  • FriarNurgle

    I’m sure the iPhone 5 will be wonderful and full of even more magic. The release date is more likely tied to LTE roll out. 

  • GrzegorzWidla

    Because there are 120 employees in Foxconn total. All of them tried to commit suicide.

  • ddevito

    I guess 3.5″ wasn’t the perfect size after all.

    just sayin

  • ddevito

    Apparently size does matter

  • Snoop

    About the only time I wish the screen was bigger is when my wife takes the iPad and I have to read stuff on the iPhone.  Makes my eyes hurt to go back and forth between a 3.5″ screen and a 55″ panasonic.  4″ iPhone won’t solve that, but an iPad 3 will… :)

  • Al

    If true, I hope there will be two models, 3.5″ and 4″. The love the current one. Perfect for me.

  • Guest

    Steve once said 3.5″ screen is prefect now why make bigger? Apple trolling bigger screen Android Phones? I ‘ll never look any more iPhones unless iOS get changed. My choice is clearly Galaxy Note, no iPhone5. Soon my 4S and iPhad2 will go on eBay.

  • hellorabbit

    I will withhold judgment until I can actually see and play with a finished product, but my current feeling is that I’d rather sacrifice a potentially larger screen for the ease of one-handed use. But, I also remember that before purchasing my iPhone 4, I couldn’t imagine how using a touchscreen device could ever become easier/preferable to physical keys for me, and I trust Apple to keep the user experience at the forefront of their designs. 

  • ddevito

    That render looks wider than Phil Schiller.

  • ddevito

    Thatta boy.

  • ddevito

    Until it’s 4″ then it will be “perfect”.

    Apple Reality Distortion Field strikes again.

  • Michael Ascari

    Uh, no.

  • Apollo

    Let’s see how you fanboys will like this phone after the fact that you and tech blogs all mocked the larger android phones of recent.

  • Apollo

    Let’s see how you fanboys will like this phone after the fact that you and tech blogs all mocked the larger android phones of recent.

  • Jacques Yeoh

    no hater or fanboyism, please. 

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