Rumor Has It: Foxconn Receives Order for Next-Gen iPhone

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The inevitable iPhone update is looming ever closer in the distance, and accordingly, the iPhone rumor mill is heating up. Today, news came that frequent Apple (s aapl) manufacturing partner Foxconn, a Taiwanese hardware company, received an order to build the new iPhone, which still won’t arrive in consumer hands until mid-2010.

News of the iPhone order comes via Mobile Review’s editor in chief, Eldar Murtazin, who tweeted simply, “Foxconn received order for next generation iphone” early Thursday morning. Murtazin is known to have good connections in the mobile phone industry, so there’s a good chance that there’s something solid behind the report. Engadget went so far as to call him “the ultimate insider when it come to all things mobile,” which is no small praise.

It also makes sense time-wise, since Apple basically now has about six months to ramp up production enough to deal with the massive demand that usually accompanies the launch of its iPhone products. It’s also worth noting that this time around, many people who got the iPhone 3G on contract through AT&T (s att) will be at the end of their 2-year agreement, and thus fully eligible for a new hardware deal, which should help boost sales even further.

Thus far, details regarding what the next iPhone will have that the current generation doesn’t have been scarce. But that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from working overtime. Some suggest we could see a CDMA or dual-mode CDMA/GSM model, or one that supports RFID technologies. If it’s true that production on parts of the iPhone is going to begin soon, we likely won’t have to wait long to see these rumors multiply and resolve into a more definite picture of what’s to come.

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Jacob Varghese

Don’t forget Apple’s chip company purchase. We have yet to see the fruits of that purchase.

Jacob Varghese

I can’t see CDMA coming anytime soon.

Especially considering the limitation of not being able to talk and surf at the same time.

I’m putting my money on Apple expanding it’s base by including T-Mobile. There are many rumors out there of a chip that can handle the GSM frequencies of both ATT & T-mobile.

benjamin Schmidt

I’m not planning for a 3GS for Christmas this year, because I knew Apple would, sooner or later, do a big update on the UI and maybe the exterior of the phone.

Champs

My prediction: whatever it’s got, there will be at least one key feature left out so you’ll want to buy another in 2011.

Legal Marketing

The rumor mill has certainly has its work out. I personally am hoping for a verizon iphone so i have searched for any confirmation but there is nothing. However there are plenty of “analysts” arguing back and forth as to what will happen with this new iphone model and the end of at&t’s exclusive contract.

Only time will tell

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