APPLE plans to introduce a new iPhone in September that boasts a stronger chip for processing data and a more advanced camera, according to sources.
The device will include the A5 processor, the more powerful chip that Apple added to the iPad 2 earlier this year, along with an eight-megapixel camera, up from the five-megapixel model in the iPhone 4.
Apple is also testing a new version of the iPad that has a higher-resolution screen, similar to the one now used in the iPhone 4.
The iPhone is Apple’s top seller, accounting for half its revenue last quarter. A faster chip will enable speedier data downloads and help the device vie with handsets being introduced by rivals such as Samsung that are powered by Google’s Android software.
The iPhone’s gains against the BlackBerry partly explain why Research In Motion last week forecast its first-ever quarterly sales.
The new phone will run the iOS 5 operating system that Apple previewed at a developers’ conference this month. Codenamed ”Telluride”, it will feature already-announced features such as improved messaging and photo-sharing. It also is designed to run on all Apple’s mobile devices.
Until late last year, iPads, iPhones and iPod touches used slightly different versions of iOS.
Apple pushed back the release of the next iPhone - its fifth - to coincide with the release of the iOS 5 operating system.
Apple has not kept pace with Google in the smartphone market. This year, Apple is projected to account for 18.2 per cent of the global market, compared with 38.9 per cent for devices that run Android.