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Apple to release 'new iPhone' this summer?

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Apple's next generation of its smartphone product is rumoured to be called the "new iPhone" following the surprise branding of the latest iPad this week.

On Wednesday, the California-based technology giant announced the "new iPad", rather than the "iPad 3" or "iPad HD" as expected.

The new tablet has a high resolution Retina display, 4G connectivity, a better 5-megapixel camera and a much faster A5X processor.

Apple also made the surprise move of not introducing the iPhone 5 last October, instead unveiling the iPhone 4S, an upgrade to 2010's iPhone 4 smartphone.

A brand new generation of the iPhone is expected to be announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference this June. Previous speculation suggested that it would be the iPhone 5, which is thought to be the final product personally overseen by Steve Jobs before he passed away last year.

However, 9to5Mac now believes that the next model of the iPhone will be called the "new iPhone" as Apple brings its mobile device branding in line with its computing arm.

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In an article after the new iPad launch, the website claimed: "So about two weeks ago we got a tip from a reliable source that Apple was going to call the iPhone 5 (or whatever) - the 'new iPhone'.

"That seemed a little nuts at the time but what a difference a Keynote makes... Apple chopped the suffix off the iPad as part of a branding makeover that will likely expand.

"Just like iMac is not called iMac 1,2,3 it looks like Apple won't be doing the numbering on iOS devices (though it never did with the iPod touch)."

Previous sources have suggested the new iPhone will have a slimmer 'tear drop' form factor with a slightly larger screen. It is also expected to come withe A5X processor that features in the new iPad, as well as support 4G connectivity.

The new iPhone is likely to be supported by iOS 6, the next version of Apple's mobile operating system, which may introduce Apple's new proprietary iMaps system instead of Google Maps.

> New iPad: Apple defends decision to drop numerical naming

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