Two un-named Apple employees have confirmed that Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 5 is “just weeks away,” reports the New York Times’ Nick Bilton. The next-gen device will reportedly sport a “fairly different design”, likely similar to the leaked Case-Mate designs reported yesterday.
From the New York Times:
We’re just weeks away from the announcement of the new Apple iPhone 5, according to an Apple employee who asked not to be named because he was not allowed to speak publicly for the company.
Additionally, the source referenced yesterday’s Case-Mate image leak that seemed to reveal the design of the iPhone 5:
From descriptions I’ve heard of the new iPhone from Apple employees, the images seemed potentially authentic.
According to the report, the device will feature an 8MP camera, will feature a design that is significantly different than the iPhone 4, and will be powered by Apple’s dual-core A5 processor, which currently powers the iPad 2.
These details are nothing new – an 8mp camera has been suspected for months, and has been reaffirmed by numerous reports, while the inclusion of an A5 processor is a natural upgrade for the upcoming handset. It’s been frequently rumored that the iPhone 5 would feature a complete redesign, although there has been some disagreement over this, with some reports indicating that it will retain an appearance similar to the iPhone 4.
The New York Times is traditionally a fairly reliable source for Apple information, and has an excellent track record of anticipating Apple products and the details surrounding their announcement. The iPhone 5 is widely expected to become available in early to mid October.