One of the final phases the iPhone 5 will enter is production and it looks like this is exactly what stage the phone is in right now, and the moment we get an iPhone 5 release date you’ll see devices ship direct from China. Expectations for the launch month are October, which is in fitting with last year although the Apple press event will be a couple of weeks before the device starts shipping.
The news of production starting comes from a Japanese website called Macotakara.jp, and they claim they have a “reliable Chinese source“. They also mention that final design cases are starting to appear on certain websites, which includes Alibaba. As per normal this is just a rumor but then you shouldn’t expect much else until the press event, although it makes sense that Apple would enter production now considering we have a couple of months left before entering possible launch months.
Apple will be using all its resources to form the new iPhone 5, especially considering this model will be a much bigger upgrade than the 4S, and some analysts expect the iPhone 5 to be the biggest product launch in history. Macotakara also mention a number of designs have been in testing, so this would explain the range of leaked photos we’ve seen in 2012, which have displayed a lot more diversity than previous years. Some of the latest leaks showed a center camera, but the majority of pictures show the camera in the same place as the 4S with a slight movement.
Other clues for the new design include glass on certain parts and an aluminum surface on the faceplate, but the small hole between the flash and camera had been missing in the claimed final design. We’ve heard previously that a small hole could be related to a patent, which would protect Apple against fake insurance claims. It is possible that the hole has been made less obvious, and less likely to get water inside by rain etc.
The bottom-line: We’d expect the formation of iPhone 5 to have started by now, so this latest rumor could be a shot in the dark. Are you looking forward to a new iPhone in 2012?