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Apple employees: We’re ‘just weeks away’ from an iPhone 5 with a ‘fairly different’ design

Taken from TNW

We’re just weeks away from the iPhone 5 being announced, a phone that will have a ‘fairly different design’, according to a source speaking to The New York Times‘ Nick Bilton. Another source, also an unnamed Apple employee and has given the publication a few more details about the upcoming device.

For one, the design might not be all that different from the leaked Case-Mate designs that have been flying around the net earlier today in what appears to be a publicity stunt by the case maker.

The new device will have an 8 megapixel camera, something that has been expected since Sony’s CEO Howard Stringer hinted at it earlier this year and that has been bolstered by supply chain reports. Another employee, said to be an Apple engineer, indicated that it would be a fairly different phone from the iPhone 4, including the internal parts, which would feature Apple’s new A5 processor, currently used in the iPad 2.

Many of the items here are simply affirmations of what most of us feel are true about the new iPhone. An upgraded processor was always a 100% surety, and the 8 megapixel camera has been a fixture of rumors for some time now. There has been talk about the new iPhone being of a similar design to the iPhone 4 as we have seen parts that are eerily similar to the design of the current iPhone being produced, but definitely different in construction.

The indications from this source seem to clarify the fact that the iPhone 5, specifically, will look different than the current iPhone 4. This would make these mystery parts a redesign of the current iPhone to increase profitability or lower costs. This fits in with the idea of last year’s model being offered at a much lower rate to drive business in the low end of the market.

Whether that price is low enough to make the phone a success in the large, and largely untapped by Apple, pre-paid market remains to be seen. Regardless, the mentions of a ‘fairly different’ design are encouraging for those of us hoping to see a fresh new take on the iPhone debut alongside such a lower-cost version of the iPhone 4.

Update: This piece has been clarified to indicate that two separate sources were involved. Both are Apple employees.

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China Telecom reportedly advertises iPhone 5, will accept orders from end of September

Via The Next Web

According to a report by the Southern Metropolis Daily, China’s third largest mobile operating China Telecom has begun preparations for sales of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5, training staff to accept orders for the phone at the end of September.

Sources have indicated that the carrier has already announced availability of the device at one of its stores, with official sales beginning in October. The operator, now bigger than Verizon Wireless and the world’s biggest CDMA carrier, is predicted to sell more than a million next-generation iPhones by the end of 2011.

Company chairman Wang Xiaochu has already indicated the company will increase subsidies to tempt mobile customers to the network should they want an iPhone 5. This, coupled with a rumoured 1.5 billion yuan ($235 million) spend on marketing the iPhone 5, is likely to help Apple boost sales significantly in the country.

We reported yesterday on two independent reports indicating release dates for Apple’s iOS software and next generation iPhone. It was suggested that Apple will begin signing of its iOS 5 Gold Master from September 23, with a separate rumour suggesting the iPhone 5 will become available on October 15.

Apple has reportedly instructed Foxconn to boost its daily production capacity of the iPhone 5 to 150,000 units, supplying between 5 and 6 million units in September. With iPhone 4 orders being cut, supply of the iPhone 5 could hit 22 million units in the fourth quarter.

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