We’ve already been hearing confirmations that Apple’s next iPhone will be released in Q3 of this year, specifically in September. The Wall Street Journal has now joined the fray by reporting that Apple, “has placed orders for key components used in a next-generation iPhone it is preparing to launch sometime in the third quarter, according to people familiar with the situation.”

According to The WSJ, the next gen iPhone will sport an 8-megapixel camera, Qualcomm baseband chips, and boast a thinner/lighter design. Nothing was said about the GSM/CDMA world phone rumor, but it’s still expected that the iPhone 5 will operate on both carrier basebands.

“According to some suppliers of components to Apple, the new version of the iPhone is expected to be thinner and lighter than the iPhone 4 and sport an 8-megapixel camera. One person said the new iPhone will operate on Qualcomm Inc.’s wireless baseband chips. The current iPhone 4 uses memory chips made by Samsung Electronics Co. and baseband chips from German chip maker Infineon Technologies AG, according to a report by market-research firm iSuppli Corp. Officials at both companies declined to comment.”

Two different sets of rumors have battled between the next iPhone being a significant redesign of the current iPhone 4, and only an incremental upgrade with minor cosmetic changes.

The WSJ believes that Apple will introduce a thinner and lighter iPhone in September, but no word was given about how different the hardware body will be from the iPhone 4. It is still possible that the iPhone 5 could be a huge re-thinking, but that remains to be seen.

Another part of The WSJ’s report talks about Apple’s projected iPhone sales estimates for the rest of the year.

“Apple’s sales estimates of the new iPhone is quite aggressive. It told us to prepare to help the company meet its goal of 25 million units by the end of the year,” said another person at one of Apple’s suppliers. “The initial production volume will be a few million units… we were told to ship the components to assembler Hon Hai in August.”

25 million units by the end of December? It could happen. There could be a problem if Apple can’t get the device off the production line fast enough. We’ve already seen that problem with the iPad 2.

“Two of the people, however, cautioned that shipments of the new iPhone could be delayed if Hon Hai can’t improve its yield rate as the new iPhone is “complicated and difficult to assemble.”

A new “complicated and difficult to assemble” iPhone lends credence to the rumors of a total redesign. What say you?

[AppleInsider]

  • UnlockMe

    Thinner AND lighter??? What a groundbreaking story. Keep up the amazing work.

    • BLiNK

      who says every story has to be groundbreaking? maybe you should be on the blog team so you can give us more exhilarating news!

  • Blowout

    Sebastian,
    I must say I really like your tweets and news.
    But lately you have become quite arrogant in your tweets and also I think you should cut down on posting just news , because Apple isn’t going to do so
    something groundbreaking everyday.
    If you do feel the urge to keep posting something daily . I do recommend some good app purchase advices or even app reviews.
    Don’t get me wrong I really like everything you do, but I just feel you must slow things down a little and stop getting pissed on twitter because afrerall , your readers should be most important to you.

    • If you don’t like my tweets, unfollow me and follow @iDownloadBlog. It’s the blog’s Twitter feed. No rumbling there 🙂

      • Johnny

        SO true 🙂

      • Jon

        Wow, he just said he like your work and what you do. He only gave advice, not that he hates you or any thing. Unfollow? Kinda harsh.

      • I don’t think it’s harsh. I’m just saying that he has the option of not following my personal account and only follow iDB’s account. I understand some people might not like what I PERSONALLY have to say about things in general, not just iPhone related. I invite these people to unfollow me and follow a rant-free account, namely iDB’s. There is nothing harsh in that. I just want everyone to get what they want out of my or iDB’s Twitter account 🙂

      • LT

        AMEN!!!

  • Kel

    I’m with UnlockMe. This is the same thing everybody is saying and has been saying for every iPhone refresh. Why do people always think thinner is better? Isn’t the 4 semi-uncomfortable after extended phone use because of how thin it is or is that just me? Lighter phones feel cheap. Elaborate.

    • Cristian

      I don’t think lighter phones feel cheap. I think that hollow phones made with poor materials and with poor software are cheap.

      • Mick

        Like Android phones then lol, nasty, plastic pieces of schlacker.

  • Svnelvn

    Yes. Samsung phones feel cheap on hand because it’s thin, made of plastic, and light.

  • RAWshadTX

    This article didn’t say anything we didn’t know already lol.

    Faster and lighter and to do 25 million by the end of this year. Nothing new.

    • Coach

      Then why comment?

      • RAWshadTX

        Because I chose to. You’ll be okay.

      • RAWshadTX

        Because I chose to. You’ll be okay. Lame.

  • Christopher Williams

    if it isn’t 4G(LTE)Capable, then WHY buy it? I’m going to LMAO@ All these people who are going to RUSH OUT THERE…n get into a 2-yr Contract cause the phone’s ONLY going to sport a 8MP Cam and a Faster Processor. Then i’m REALLY GONNA LMAO HARD..when At&t’s 4G(LTE) Expands further in the Mobile network community, cause when the REAL iphone5 comes out next year it will DEFINITELY be sporting 4G Tech. So you people go out n Buy the iPhone5(aka IPHONE4S)..LOL I’ll wait til Next Year.

  • Rick

    out of question, will it be unlocked already for other carriers since there is no longer a contract to keep a lock iPhone?

  • Tom

    It can’t get much thinner. The headphone socket has be the size it is and there isn’t much space around the one in the iPhone 4

  • first they make it bigger n they tell we made it much thinner… its all game…

  • Mcsteven

    Of course it’ll be 4g lte capable. Even the iPhone 4 is you moron. It’s simply a matter of updating. It’s not enabled yet because there is no 4G networks yet. Companies just like to say there is already.

    • Salzamani

      What!!

    • This guy

      Really though, what? Where are you getting your information from?

    • Crosby

      Mcsteven, the iPhone 4 isn’t 4G capable. Someone lied to you.

    • The iPhone 4 isn’t a 4g network enabled device it don’t have the chipset to enable a 4g connection

  • The hope here is really if this new applications and has many new tools, Greetings

  • Steve NO job

    I like big butt