There's no end to rumors when it comes to Apple's popular iPhone devices - while earlier articles mentioned that the iPhone 5 is near production, another report on Japanese blog Macotakara, citing from reliable sources within Apple's supply chain, has claimed that the next-gen iPhone has already gone into production in China.
According to Japanese blog Macotakara, citing reliable sources within Apple’s supply chain, the company’s next big handset has already gone into production, corroborating a similar Wall Street Journal claim that the iPhone 5 will begin production in June and the allegations that Apple would be revealing the handset on August 7th. Availability is said to arrive a month or so after the announcement, which is in line with earlier reports that the handset will be ready for consumers in September or early October.
MacRumors - "For reference, Macotakara also cited similar sources when they reported that the iPad 3 first went into production in January 2012. The lead time between production and launch for the iPad 3 was approximately two months with an official launch date of March 16th, 2012. That could suggest that we could see the new iPhone as early as September, though the production timelines for the iPad and iPhone may differ significantly."
We have already caught glimpses of the leaked iPhone 5 parts over the past few months and they point to a longer, 16:9 format 4.0-inch touch screen, a metal back and a smaller dock connector. A large part of the new back will be made out of metal and is framed by black or white glass trims, pointing to the adoption of a two-tone backing design.