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iPhone 5 Launch Now Rumoured To Be In September

Apple will introduce the iPhone 5 in September, which will come with a "stronger" chip as well as a "more advanced" camera according to two people close to the project.

News outlet Bloomberg (opens in new tab) claims that the device will feature the A5 system on chip - which is a certainty - as well as iOS 5 (which was showcased earlier this month) plus a new eight-megapixel camera, an upgrade from the five-megapixel model on the iPhone 4.

Another important piece of information provided by the anonymous source is that Apple is working on a cheaper version of the iPhone aimed at users in developing countries.

That iPhone 5 "lite" would come with an SoC and a display similar to that of the iPhone 4. The latter uses a single core ARM Cortex A8-based 1GHz SoC, the A4, and a 3.5-inch 960x540 pixel capacitive display.

In stark contrast with a recent report by BGR, Bloomberg's sources say that the new iPhone 5 will have a design that will "closely resemble" that of the existing iPhone 4.

They also add that Apple may "eventually" stop guaranteeing that all iOS apps can run on older models such as the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3GS.

It was expected that a new version of the iPhone 4 would take the place of the 3GS with the launch of the iPhone 5.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.