Cupertino tech behemoth Apple is rumoured to be developing an Apple iPhone for launch early next year as well as dropping the troubled design of the current iPhone 4 in the development of the upcoming iPhone 5.
The claims of the imminent iPhone arrival come from the Wall Street Journal which reports that “people familiar with the matter” have confirmed the iPhone is to receive an overhauled chipset in order to contend with a rise in competitive high-end smartphones running versions of the Google Android operating system.
Reported to begin mass production later this year ahead of launch in the first quarter of 2011, the same time the iPad 2 is expected to be unveiled, the muted iPhone update is to be released in the US with mobile network provider Verizon Wireless, ending the Stateside exclusivity deal AT&T has had on the Apple handset since the original device launched in 2007.
Alongside news of the revamped iPhone 4, The Wall Street Journal has reported that its in-the-know contact said the iPhone 5 will feature a “different form factor”, adopting a brand new design following the antennagate issues that plagued the launch of the current handset and resulted in signal issues and dropped calls.
Link: Wall Street Journal