In one of the clearest signs yet that Apple is lining up its next-generation iPhone for the autumn, reports are emerging that the company is putting the brakes on production of the current model.
Taiwan's DigiTimes reports that Apple has lowered its expected shipment volume of the iPhone 4 for the second quarter by a couple of million, which is just the number of handsets it is said to have already in circulation – clearing the way nicely for production of the iPhone 4S to begin.
DigiTimes reckons Apple has scaled back its production estimates for the three months ending in June from 20 million units to between 17.5 and 18 million units.
With no signs of a dip in demand for the handset, and an estimated million and a half to two million units in stock, the picture fits nicely with predictions that production of the new model – the iPhone 4S – will kick off in August, suggesting the earliest possible launch will be in September.
This echoes recent Reuters reports talking of a late July production start date and a September launch. DigiTimes also says the new model will feature an 8-megapixel camera, a not-unexpected upgrade from the current model.
So, to sum up, confirmation of lots of stuff we pretty much already expected. But with all the iPhone rumours constantly bouncing around, it's good to try and keep some kind of grasp of the facts.