Apple s next iPhone will employ a "radical new case design" and may debut in August, according to an unnamed source speaking to the blog Boy Genius Report.
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If that timeline is confirmed, it would represent a definite change of pace for Apple, whose next regular shindig is usually September s unveiling of the next round of iPods. "According to our source, Apple may hold an event in the beginning or middle of August to announce the new iPhone, with availability to follow in the last week of August," read BGR s June 21 posting on the matter.
However, BGR has made wrong predictions in the past. Back in January, the blog suggested that Apple was on the verge of making a fairly radical alteration to the next iPad. We have been exclusively told that the reason Apple just added multi-touch gestures for the iPad in the latest iOS 4.3 beta is because the iPad will be losing the home button," read a Jan. 12 posting. However, the iPad 2 continued the company s tradition of a mechanical home button.
At the same time, however, BGR and other tech blogs serve as an early-warning system for whatever might be coming from normally ultra-secretive Apple, with many of their predictions eventually proving true. In that spirit, current rumors suggest the iPhone 5 will feature higher-resolution cameras, Apple s A5 proprietary processor, hardware upgraded to enable 3G FaceTime video conferencing, a wider screen, and NFC (near-field communication) technology that would enable the smartphone to act as an electronic wallet.
This article was originally published on 06-22-2011