New iPhone set for production—report


07:33 PM April 3rd, 2013

April 3rd, 2013 07:33 PM

Instagram is demonstrated on an iPhone Monday, April 9, 2012, in New York. Since Verizon Wireless broke AT&T’s exclusive grip on the iPhone last year, several other phone carriers now offer Apple’s popular smartphone. On Monday, T-Mobile said it will make a stronger bid for used iPhones from AT&T as Apple prepares to launch a new version. AP FILE PHOTO

NEW YORK—Apple is planning to begin production of a new iPhone similar in size and shape to its latest version in the second quarter of the year, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The business daily, citing persons familiar with the device’s production, said the newest model of the smartphone could be ready for a summer launch. The newspaper said Apple refused to comment.

The Journal said that in the meantime Apple was continuing to work with its Asian partners on a cheaper version of the iPhone that could be launched as early as the second half of this year.

The iPhone 5 went on sale at the end of September in the United States and nine other countries.

More than five million of the devices were sold in three days, more than the previous model but falling short of some analysts’ expectations.

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