Speculation is mounting from various Internet sources that Apple’s next-generation smartphone the iPhone 5 is due to launch in September. Initially many insiders had presumed that the WWDC event on June 6th would have been an obvious choice to introduce the new iPhone. However instead Apple decided not to release any new hardware but rather focused on using the event to showcase their latest software creations in the form of iOS 5, OS X Lion and iCloud. In retrospect based on Apple’s promotional material for the World Wide Developer Conference 2011 it was clear that the iPhone 5 release would likely occur after the introduction of iOS 5.

Recent reports from Reuters have indicated that “Apple Inc suppliers will begin production of its next-generation iPhone in July this year, with the finished product likely to begin shipping in September, three people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.” 9to5Mac have also added credence to this rumor. Over the past few months there has been much speculation that the iPhone 5 will feature a larger display than the current 3.5-inches. Analysts believe that Apple are moving to counter the growing trend of larger Android-powered handsets with various form factors postulated such as 3.7, 4 and 4,3-inches.

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