June 22, 2011 at 11:16 AM ET
Summer's here and as is iPhone rumor season. As usual, the latest batch of gossip comes from an unnamed source and includes only little more than the obvious details — that the next generation iPhone will be a faster, better and more powerful device.
Bloomberg reports that "two people familiar" with Apple's plans have shared that the next iPhone will be introduced in September and contain a stronger chip for processing data and a more advanced camera:
The device will include the A5 processor, the more powerful chip that Apple added to the iPad 2 earlier this year, along with an 8-megapixel camera, up from the 5-megapixel model in the iPhone 4, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public.
These specs of course fit right in with rumors we've heard in the past, but one particular detail in Bloomberg's report doesn't: That the "new iPhone will closely resemble the iPhone 4."
While we're quite glad to hear that the slick and clean looks of the iPhone 4 might not disappear in the next iteration of the device, we do find it noteworthy that this suggestion clashes with prior reports that Apple is seeking to dramatically change the iPhone design — and possibly add a curved glass display to the device.
Ah well, there are bound to be odd discrepancies between iPhone rumors and reports, so we'll maintain a sense of skepticism until the day Steve Jobs — or another Apple executive — steps onto a stage to present us with the latest gadget offering.