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iPhone 5 to be released in September - report

Reuters says people in the know believe production on the new handset will begin this summer, and ship in September.

THE LATEST EDITION of Apple’s iPhone will begin production this summer ahead of a release in September, a Reuters report has suggested.

Production of the new handset would begin in July or August, and would begin distribution in September, according to the report which cited the knowledge of three people “with direct knowledge of the company’s supply chain”.

The sources declined to be identified, however. Spokespersons for Apple and for three of its main manufacturers and suppliers in Asia, where its units are manufactured, declined to comment.

The new handset will contain a faster processor than the current model, the report added, though the physical handset would not look too physically different from the current iPhone 4.

The launch of the current model, which was unveiled in June of last year and available for sale within a month, was beset by problems after users found that the aluminium rim running around the sides of the phone – which doubles as the unit’s antenna – could be short-circuited by simply holding the phone at its corner.

The launch of a white edition of the current handset – which was delayed as a result of the scramble to repair the antenna glitch – could be due next week.

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