As speculation about Apple's next iPhone grows, a new report suggests that components for the new smartphone, dubbed iPhone 5S or iPhone 6, will begin shipping by the end of May.

DigiTimes cites sources from the upstream supply chain in its Wednesday report, which claims that Apple's suppliers will start shipping new iPhone parts in May ahead of a quarter three launch for the device.

This latest rumour contradicts earlier reports that said Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn had already starting production of the next iPhone.

However, both reports agreed that the next iPhone is expected to be an 'S series' update, with essentially the same body as the iPhone 5, and is therefore being built in the same assembly lines as its predecessor. It is believed that the new iPhone will have an improved processor and a better camera.

 

It has also been suggested that the next-generation iPhone could have wireless charging capabilities, and a fingerprint sensor that works with near field communication (NFC) to allow users to carry out quick but secure payments. Apple could also be considering ditching Gorilla Glass in favour of a crack-proof sapphire crystal display.

In January, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has correctly predicted Apple product launches in the past, forecasted a June launch for the next iPhone, and suggested that Apple will also be introducing a cheaper iPhone for emerging markets at the same time.

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