Apple's iPhone 5: Rumors and Beneficiaries
Japanese Web site Macotakara reports that Foxconn is hiring 18,000 employees to prepare for a June launch of Apple's fifth-generation smartphone.
Intriguingly, Apple has filed a patent application for an iPhone made entirely of glass. This could be for the new iPhone, or a future version of the product.
Investor sentiment is certainly running high, with analysts significantly raising their Apple price targets. One analyst went so far as to put a $1,001 price target on the company, primarily due to the forthcoming iPhone.
Although often referred to as the iPhone 5, the new phone's name remains clouded in secrecy. Apple did away with the numbered sequence for its latest iPad, simply choosing to call it "The new iPad." It is very possible Apple may choose to follow the same course with future iPhones, as CEO Tim Cook makes subtle changes to the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant.
If the new iPhone is scheduled for a June release, the rumor mill will ramp up sharply in the coming months. Nonetheless, here's a list of features that could be present in Apple's latest smartphone:
What It Will Look Like
Despite initial claims that the iPhone 4S was more evolutionary than revolutionary, it certainly didn't hurt the tech giant's sales. Apple's design team, led by Jonny Ive, may push the envelope with the new phone.