While the iPad 2 already proved to be a major success, and is about to hit store shelves of 25 additional countries this coming Friday, Apple is not resting on its laurels, as the company’s engineers are working double shift on the next generation iPhone.
The iPhone 5 is set to launch during summer 2011, most likely June or July, and according to Taiwan-based news outlet China Times
, the phone’s design is now finalized, and the device has already entered trial production at select Foxconn’s plants.
Overall, the iPhone 5 is expected to keep the same form factor as the iPhone 4, and should look similar to its predecessor. However, the design underwent quite a few changes, as Apple engineers decided not to use glass for the phone back cover, and will use metal instead, just like the original iPhone. The iPhone 5 will also come with a new ‘edge-to-edge’ screen
. This new design will allow Apple to offer a larger, 4-inch screen, without increasing the size of the phone. The device will also sport the new Apple A5 processor
already featured in the iPad 2.
Foxconn, a Taiwan-based electronics company, assembles all iPhones, iPods and iPads on hehalf of Apple. The company is also used by Apple to build all of its prototypes, months before the final designs enter mass production.