Apple 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.
The new smartphone will have a faster processor but will look largely similar to the current iPhone 4, one of the people said. They declined to be identified because the plans were not yet public.
Suppliers to the current generation included camera module maker Largan Precision, touchscreen panel maker Wintek Corp and case maker Foxconn Technology, two of the people said.
The companies would begin production either in July or August before shipping components to Hon Hai Precision Industry, flagship of Foxconn Technology Group, for assembly, they said.
Apple to Begin Shipping New iPhone in September - CNBC