iPhone 5 release date in the fall with 4G LTE, NFC and 1GB RAM, production to start later

iPhone 5 design by Martin Hajek

The news comes from BGR who also report that the handset will feature 1 GB RAM, 4G LTE connectivity and an NFC chip which contradicts Apple official statements.

The device is currently in the penultimate stage of testing before the release and it could go into production in late August.

BGR reports: “Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone is currently in the EVT3 stage, the third revision of the engineering test stage, and has not yet entered the DVT stage. For reference, production of past iPhones was as follows, according to our source:

Verizon (VZ) iPhone 4: This hit the EVT2 stage in mid-November, hit EVT3 the last week of November, and got up to DVT2 in late December.
iPhone 4: The unit that was lost in a San Francisco bar was in DVT stage in late March, and had hit EVT2 by mid-February of 2010.”

In addition, the site reiterates the fall release date rumors that have circulated lately.