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June 22, 2011 at 10:10 AM

New iPhone in September, new iPad in testing, apparently

A strong voice joined the chorus saying that Apple will release the iPhone 5 in September. Bloomberg’s reporting that the device is coming with a more powerful chip and an 8 megapixel camera, up from the current 5 megapixel version.

Apple’s also testing a new iPad with a higher resolution screen like the one used in the current iPhone, the report said.

It cites “two people familiar with the product” and said Apple declined to comment.

But the report comes as a wave of competitive new phones are being released, some for the fast new wireless networks that Apple hasn’t yet enabled the iPhone to use.

Firmer reports about the new iPhone create uncertainty among phone buyers considering recently released phones, and cast a shadow over Microsoft’s Windows Phone launch and new Nokia hardware coming later this year.

The Bloomberg story said the phone will look similar to the current iPhone. It suggests more common hardware between the iPhone and iPad. The iPhone 5 will use the A5 processor that’s used in the iPad 2, while the tablet device is getting a display with resolution similar to the current phone.

The report also said Apple’s working on a smaller, lower-priced iPhone aimed at overseas markets.

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