Before reading any more of this, we should warn you that you may want to go to the cupboard and get a rather large pinch of salt....
Apple has supposedly placed an order for 15 million of its next generation iPhone - whether it’s called the iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S. The source of the report is the less-than-reliable DigiTimes, though the information does seem to fit with other rumours we’ve already heard. The report says that Taiwanese laptop manufacturer Pegatron has landed the order for the next gen smartphones, which is a change of tack for Apple, as Foxconn normally get the bulk of the orders.
The iPhone 5 will not be a major update from the iPhone 4 with most of the changes taking place internally. The new phone is set to have a dual-core A5 processor, an 8 megapixel camera, a 3.8in edge-to-edge screen with improved resolution and possibly supporting both CDMA and GSM networks. With it going into production soon, the new phone is set for a September launch which ties in with other reports we’ve read.
The iPhone 4 is still selling in huge numbers with just less than 35 million units shipped in the first half of this year. This continued success is down in some part to the CDMA version launched in January but despite that boost, the phone’s continued success is still rather remarkable.
As we said at the beginning, this report should be taken with a large pinch of salt but it seems rather more probable than some DigiTimes reports. With 15 million units for sale at launch, Apple is banking on the new model being more popular than the current handset – and who are we to argue.