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A pair of unconfirmed rumors claim that Texas Instruments has started production of the power management chip for the next iPhone, and that the sixth-generation handset will allegedly debut in September.

An "inside source" claims that Texas Instruments is already producing power management chips for an as-yet-unannounced Apple handset, which the company's management is reportedly calling the "iPhone 5," according to a post on iPhone repair firm RepairLabs' blog.

Texas Instruments currently supplies a number of components to Apple including the touchscreen controller in the iPhone 4S as well as power management chips and a control device found in the new iPad.

Going further, a separate Chinese source said that the "iPhone 5" will be ready for a September release. The unnamed source also claims that the handset will feature a larger display, though didn't mention specific dimensions.

While RepairLabs does not have a proven track record of providing rumors later proven to be true, the company did post pictures of the new iPad's back casing in February, which allegedly came from the same chinese source mentioned above, and was one of the first to investigate the third-generation tablet's purported heat issues.

The latest rumors come on the heels of a report earlier on Wednesday, claiming that whispers from China say Apple is working on a 5-inch Retina Display device set for launch in 2013.

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Going further, a separate Chinese source said that the "iPhone 5" will be ready for a September release. The unnamed source also claims that the handset will feature a larger display, though didn't mention specific dimensions.
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The latest rumors come on the heels of a report earlier on Wednesday, claiming that whispers from China say Apple is working on a 5-inch Retina Display device set for launch in 2013.

The Chinese whisperer meant to say 3.5-inch Retina Display but forgot to type 3. in front of the 5.

In any case, I wouldn't want a phone with a 5 inch screen. 4 inch max!
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Remember. 6ht Generation iPhone but Apple will cal it the iPhone 5. Some people think the next iPhone will be called iPhone 6. Not!
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Remember. 6ht Generation iPhone but Apple will cal it the iPhone 5. Some people think the next iPhone will be called iPhone 6. Not!

No more numbers. It gets stupid after a while.
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Remember. 6ht Generation iPhone but Apple will cal it the iPhone 5. Some people think the next iPhone will be called iPhone 6. Not!

This again, already?

"The iPhone" reported by an anonymous source.
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If Motorola and Samsung are attempting to bully TI by revoking F/RAND based licenses, then this should be ample proof that the rumour is true, seeing as they only seem to do it when Apple is involved.

I wonder if there's anywhere to find out.
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Apple should demand TI find the leak and fire those responsible. If not, they should threaten to pull all of the business

Apple needs to send a clear message regarding confidentially

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Apple should demand TI find the leak and fire those responsible. If not, they should threaten to pull all of the business

Apple needs to send a clear message regarding confidentially

They've already sent one.

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They've already sent one.

yeah, and it got lost in the mail...
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Remember. 6ht Generation iPhone but Apple will cal it the iPhone 5. Some people think the next iPhone will be called iPhone 6. Not!

Yep, makes sense to me. Let's call the 6th generation iPhone, which will be running iOS 6, the iPhone 5. (in case you couldn't figure it out, I am being sarcastic) I agree with a previous post which said they should do away with the numbers altogether, and I completely agree. They don't number anything else in their lineup (including the iPad now), so why keep numbering the iPhone. It's simply the iPhone. And if they continue on with keeping the last generation model around for another year, just call the old one the iPhone classic and the new one "the new iPhone".
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Yep, makes sense to me. Let's call the 6th generation iPhone, which will be running iOS 6, the iPhone 5.

+1. I am irritated by many journalists dubbing 6th generation iPhone iPhone 5 as well.

Since 6 has negative connotation, and given how 3rd generation iPad is just (new) iPad, it is almost guaranteed that iPhone 6 will be called new iPhone, with Apple Support referring to it as iPhone 2012.

Regarding the screen size, there is no way new iPhone will be larger physically than iPhone 4S. Side borders and areas between home button and ear speaker might shrink a bit, while maintaining same pixel density for backward compatibility. I recall someone calculating 4.2" as the largest possible size that meets these requirements.
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Yep, makes sense to me. Let's call the 6th generation iPhone, which will be running iOS 6, the iPhone 5. (in case you couldn't figure it out, I am being sarcastic) I agree with a previous post which said they should do away with the numbers altogether, and I completely agree. They don't number anything else in their lineup (including the iPad now), so why keep numbering the iPhone. It's simply the iPhone. And if they continue on with keeping the last generation model around for another year, just call the old one the iPhone classic and the new one "the new iPhone".

How do you call the iPhones 3GS which is still on sale, if you call iPhone 4 the iPhone classic?
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Yep, makes sense to me. Let's call the 6th generation iPhone, which will be running iOS 6, the iPhone 5. (in case you couldn't figure it out, I am being sarcastic) I agree with a previous post which said they should do away with the numbers altogether, and I completely agree. They don't number anything else in their lineup (including the iPad now), so why keep numbering the iPhone. It's simply the iPhone. And if they continue on with keeping the last generation model around for another year, just call the old one the iPhone classic and the new one "the new iPhone".

There would then be an endless list of names to choose from each year. A fat iPhone could be named after one of the baking Apples while a slim model could be named after a sweet eating Apple!
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How do you call the iPhones 3GS which is still on sale, if you call iPhone 4 the iPhone classic?

Seems to me the iPhone 3GS will no longer be on sale when the 6th gen iPhone appears.

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How do you call the iPhones 3GS which is still on sale, if you call iPhone 4 the iPhone classic?

Not that this isn't a completely pointless discussion, because really WHO CARES?, but recall that Apple is currently selling the iPad 2 alongside the new iPad that they simply call "the new iPad."
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A 4" display (4.25" max) would be great. Not interested in carrying around a 5" mini-tablet for a phone

IMO, 4.3 is about right. 3.5 is tiny by today's standards.
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There would then be an endless list of names to choose from each year. A fat iPhone could be named after one of the baking Apples while a slim model could be named after a sweet eating Apple!

Just can't see the youngsters buying the "Granny Smith" model
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Regarding the screen size, there is no way new iPhone will be larger physically than iPhone 4S.

It could well be somewhat bigger. There is nothing sacred about the current size, and MUCH larger phones are increasingly hitting the market.

There is nothing magical or set in stone about the current size.
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It could well be somewhat bigger. There is nothing sacred about the current size, and MUCH larger phones are increasingly hitting the market.

There is nothing magical or set in stone about the current size.

I can think of 1 reason for the current size. It allows for the majority of people to conduct single handed operation with the phone. Although I can see how this with overly large hands and fingers might like bigger.
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I can think of 1 reason for the current size. It allows for the majority of people to conduct single handed operation with the phone. Although I can see how this with overly large hands and fingers might like bigger.

A somewhat wider/longer, but thinner phone would allow the same single-handed operation.

There is no magic here. A 3.5 inch screen was great back in the day. Now bigger screens are possible at OK prices. The overall dimensions of the iPhone were built around the old-tech screen size, and calculations of profit maximization. The device is pleasing to the eye with that size, and the cost/benefit calculation was favorable.

The new products will follow the same design process. Apple will produce whatever size phone that yields the highest profits.

Apple products are not some magical "perfect" size. They are a compromise of many, many different factors, all chosen to synergistically maximize profits.

A range of different sizes would be fine. The current size was picked due to many factors. It is not the perfect size, or the only possible size. It is a good size, and back in the day, it yielded the highest profits.

But the tech world changes, as do people's preferences, as do component prices, as do customer expectations.

The i5 could easily be a different size.
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There would then be an endless list of names to choose from each year. A fat iPhone could be named after one of the baking Apples while a slim model could be named after a sweet eating Apple!

The NeXT iPhone will be called the iPhone 4SJ.

You heard it here first!
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IMO, 4.3 is about right. 3.5 is tiny by today's standards.

I don't follow you...?

People are getting fatter, and that makes there pudgy fat fingers shorten... not longer.
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Remember. 6ht Generation iPhone but Apple will cal it the iPhone 5. Some people think the next iPhone will be called iPhone 6. Not!

In The Troll's Guide to AppleInsider Forums, chapter 2 ("iPhone Trolling"), paragraph 18 it says: "Repeatedly assert that the iPhone 4S was not the real 5th generation iPhone." This means the iPhone 5 is the real 5th generation iPhone!

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I don't follow you...?

People are getting fatter, and that makes there pudgy fat fingers shorten... not longer.

Just the Android fans who can't seem to stop posting about how Apple needs bigger screens or else they'll continue to not buy that iPhone that they weren't going to buy in the first place because it's not Android enough.

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Apple should demand TI find the leak and fire those responsible. If not, they should threaten to pull all of the business

Apple needs to send a clear message regarding confidentially

Chill out - what exactly was leaked? That TI makes some power management chip for the upcoming phone from Apple? BFD. That's like getting outraged if McDonalds leaks that they sold a hamburger to the iPhone development team...

We all know that a new iPhone is coming this year and a power management chip isn't exactly a sexy part of this phone, is it ?!
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Just can't see the youngsters buying the "Granny Smith" model

They are my favourite! You wouldn't see me buying or eating other than Granny Smith...

Opps... on second thought, Apple have actually released it already. iPhone 3GS (Granny Smith).. see
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In The Troll's Guide to AppleInsider Forums, chapter 2 ("iPhone Trolling"), paragraph 18 it says: "Repeatedly assert that the iPhone 4S was not the real 5th generation iPhone." This means the iPhone 5 is the real 5th generation iPhone!

According to this terminology, the NEXT iPhone (6th generation due this year) would be the 4th iPhone. Did you seem to forget about the iPhone 3GS, which, according to your terminology, was nothing more than the same as the iPhone 3G? Hmmm... I wonder why Apple named the iPhone 4 the iPhone "4"... it was obviously the 3rd generation, according to your comment.

I love people who can't even count to 10.
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Originally Posted by I am a Zither Zather Zuzz View Post

A somewhat wider/longer, but thinner phone would allow the same single-handed operation.

There is no magic here. A 3.5 inch screen was great back in the day. Now bigger screens are possible at OK prices. The overall dimensions of the iPhone were built around the old-tech screen size, and calculations of profit maximization. The device is pleasing to the eye with that size, and the cost/benefit calculation was favorable.

The new products will follow the same design process. Apple will produce whatever size phone that yields the highest profits.

Apple products are not some magical "perfect" size. They are a compromise of many, many different factors, all chosen to synergistically maximize profits.

A range of different sizes would be fine. The current size was picked due to many factors. It is not the perfect size, or the only possible size. It is a good size, and back in the day, it yielded the highest profits.

But the tech world changes, as do people's preferences, as do component prices, as do customer expectations.

The i5 could easily be a different size.

I agree that the next phone will have a larger screen, but I disagree that 3.5 inch is not the perfect size- in many ways, it is. It's better for single handed operation (for most), and is easily pocketable. It's ridiculous to see these 5" Android devices being used as phones. That's why they have iPads. If some people like, it, that's great, but I want a 4" screen size max with as small a total device size as possible. Portability and ease of use are key issues with many, and this is what SJ was thinking of when he retained the 3.5 inch size.
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Originally Posted by Macky the Macky View Post

The NeXT iPhone will be called the iPhone 4SJ.

You heard it here first!

Nah! It'll be called 'The New iPhone'.
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IMO, 4.3 is about right. 3.5 is tiny by today's standards.

4.3" at 3:2 would make the phone far too cumbersome. Only going widescreen would solve that, but that would fragment the platform, so probably not gonna happen. At 3:2, 4" max.
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Originally Posted by I am a Zither Zather Zuzz View Post

A somewhat wider/longer, but thinner phone would allow the same single-handed operation.

There is no magic here. A 3.5 inch screen was great back in the day. Now bigger screens are possible at OK prices. The overall dimensions of the iPhone were built around the old-tech screen size, and calculations of profit maximization. The device is pleasing to the eye with that size, and the cost/benefit calculation was favorable.

The new products will follow the same design process. Apple will produce whatever size phone that yields the highest profits.

Apple products are not some magical "perfect" size. They are a compromise of many, many different factors, all chosen to synergistically maximize profits.

A range of different sizes would be fine. The current size was picked due to many factors. It is not the perfect size, or the only possible size. It is a good size, and back in the day, it yielded the highest profits.

I've never seen someone repeat the same damn thing so many times in one post. Did you think people were going to miss your point the 1st 3 times, or do you just have alzheimers?
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