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Attention Early Adopters - The Latest iPhone Rumors

A formal announcement about the new iPhone 5 (or iPhone 4S as some have called it) is not expected until late June or early July, but the tech world is swirling with rumors about the next iPhone release.

Mashable.com, citing information from Reuters says;

Apple’s suppliers will begin production in July, and the finished product is likely to begin shipping in September

As far as changes and upgrades coming to the iPhone, the speculation covers many topics.

Yahoo is reporting that new phone will have a major processor upgrade;

The new iPhone will have a dual-core A5 processor under the hood, helping it keep up with numerous dual-core smartphone competitors already on the market such as the Motorola Atrix 4G and HTC Sensation.

Many of the tech rumor sites have mentioned a change to the iPhone's cameras, with the user-facing cam getting an upgrade as the front-facing set up sees the flash move away from the lens. Macrumor.com posted that theory along with a photo from a new iPhone case currently in production.

The larger hole on the case is allegedly there to accommodate a new flash unit for the next iPhone.

Forbes.com also covered the story with news on expanded carrier availability and the question about a 4g iPhone.

Apple‘s iPhone 5 launch in September isn’t likely to include LTE functionality, Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek asserts in a research note.

“According to our industry checks, the device should be called iPhone 4S and include minor cosmetic changes, better cameras, A5 dual-core processor, and HSPA+ support,” he writes in a research note.

But he also says that “industry checks indicate Apple will likely announce Sprint, T-Mobile, and China Mobile as new carriers.”

What did we learn today?

  • Apple's next iPhone will be more about evolution than revolution.
  • The user-facing cam is expected to be upgraded and the front-facing flash improved and moved.
  • A new os should make the system faster and better, but there is no 4G iPhone on the calendar, just good news for Sprint and T-Mobile customers.

Ps. If you have not yet downloaded iOS 4.3.3 and upgraded your iPhone, you should. The new software fixes the much talked about location tracking issue.

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