Report suggests Apple iPhone 5 will be released before July.
Apple's iPhone 5 is to be launched in the first half of 2012, according to South Korean media. The new iPhone will also feature a bigger, sharper Retina Display, the Maeli Business Newspaper stated.
Quoting an unnamed source with knowledge of Apple's supply chain, the report suggests the sixth-generation iPhone will have a similar touchscreen to Apple's new iPad - released on 16 March in the UK - with a high-definition resolution nearly four times that of earlier devices.
According to the Korean article, which was later reported in English by international news agency Reuters, the iPhone 5 will boast a 4.7in Retina Display - thatís considerably larger than the 3.5in screen of the iPhone 4.
It also states that the iPhone 5 will be launched in Q2 of this year, which could mean anytime between the start of next month and the end of June.
Rumours of an impending iPhone 5 release have become more frequent in recent weeks. Prior to the iPhone 4S launch in October 2011, many had expected a totally new version of the bestselling smartphone.
Some were disappointed when it failed to emerge - instead Apple gave us an updated version of the iPhone 4 - and there was a similar anti-climax when the rumoured launch of an iPad 3 turned out to be the "new iPad", which is essentially the iPad 2 with a few performance upgrades.
There is also mounting pressure from Apple's rivals, such as smartphone maker Samsung, which is expected to release its much-anticipated Galaxy S III within the next couple of months.