Rumor: Apple to start assembling iPhone 5 in August

Summary:It has been widely reported that Apple is waiting to unveil the iPhone 5 (if that is what it will be called) this fall. Now rumors about when production will actually start are underway.

It has been widely reported that Apple is waiting to unveil the iPhone 5 (if that is what it will be called) this fall. Now rumors about when production will actually start are underway.

According to AppleInsider based on a report by Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty after a trip to Taiwan, Apple will commence production on the next version of the iPhone this August so that the device can be released ahead of the end of the third quarter.

So that puts the launch timeline squarely on September, which is what everyone has been assuming all along anyway since we didn't see a peep about it at WWDC 2011 earlier this month.

Huberty also reinforced the reports that we could see two iPhones released simultaneously (should Apple try to go for the low-end of the smartphone market) as well as a new Apple TV given how popular the second generation of the set-top box has turned out to be. The idea about two iPhones at once still seems too out-of-the-ordinary for Apple, but a new Apple TV (as well as some new iPods) would be in line with Apple's usual September announcements.

For a full recap on all of the latest next-gen iPhone rumors, check out ZDNet's Adrian Kingsley-Hughes' round-up.

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Topics: Hardware, Apple, iPhone, Mobility, Smartphones

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