The Apple blogosphere is still aflutter with Apple’s outstanding earnings results from the December quarter, but a new iPhone rumor managed to sneak into the news stream today courtesy of Seth Weintraub.
Citing a reliable source at Foxconn, Weintraub writes that iPhone 5 production is set to begin and that sample devices are already making the rounds there. A few varied form factors are reportedly floating about, yet a few features are reportedly common between all of them.
4+ inch display (made by LG on at least one of them).
No teardrop-shaped devices, as rumored in the lead up to the iPhone 4S. Samples so far have been symmetrical in thickness (also longer/wider).
Neither of the sample devices have the iPhone 4/4S form factor.
Neither of the devices are the final versions.
While this of course extremely speculative, it does jibe with some previous iPhone 5 rumors we’ve seen, namely that Apple’s next-gen iPhone will sport larger screen and come in an entirely new form factor. And it’s nice to see that that teardrop mumbo jumbo is no longer a talking point. Sure, it might look good as a prototype, but ergonomically it’s probably not terribly conducive to an enjoyable user experience.
Anywhoo, John Gruber of Daring Fireball typically has some solid sources within Apple and he takes issue with Weintraub’s report that iPhone production is about to commence, simply stating, “No it’s not.’
As for the report of a longer and wider form factor?
Longer and wider? Sounds like bullshit. I can see Apple putting a bigger display on a device of the same size. I can’t see them making a bigger device.