iPhone 5 May Launch This Summer

The next-generation iPhone could launch in July or August, according to the latest speculation.

The Macotakara website reports that an anonymous source has revealed that the iPhone 5 will be largely similar to the iPhone 4 in design, though it will have an 8-megapixel digital camera and will not use a conventional SIM card.

Instead, the iPhone 5 will use an embedded SIM, according to the report. This would appear to contradict statements made earlier this month by Orange's CEO, Stephane Richard, that the networks had managed to talk Apple out of using an embedded SIM, instead opting to go with a smaller and thinner removable SIM.

The new iPhone will use an ARM Cortex-A9 processor, though the report didn't state whether it would be a dual- or single-core chip. It will also be compatible with both GSM and CDMA networks.

While the report suggests that the next-generation iPhone is little more than an incremental upgrade, it does also mention another significant iPhone launch in the spring of 2012. While this isn't the first speculation we've heard about the iPhone 6, it further strengthens the theory that any iPhone launch in 2011 will be a stop-gap.

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Though these latest rumors are based on an anonymous source and offer little information about other components such as the next-generation iPhone's display, Macotakara has been right in the past. As Apple Insider points out, it got many of the details about the iPad 2 correct months before the device launched.

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