Hot on the heels of yesterday's rumor about the next-gen iPhone being available to customers this fall, Bloomberg appears to confirm the general timing of the release as well as a handful of other details. The publication cited two people "familiar with the plans" who said that Apple will introduce the new iPhone in September—not August. The sources also said the iPhone will include an A5 processor, consistent with previous rumors, and an 8 megapixel camera.
Yesterday, Boy Genius Report claimed that the next iPhone would sport a "radical new case design" and would not resemble the iPhone 4 at all. Bloomberg's sources disagree, though, saying that the new iPhone will "closely resemble the iPhone 4," according to the sources. Meanwhile, evidence found within the developer preview of iOS last week indicates that the next-gen iPhone may still use a 5 megapixel camera sensor, not 8. Still, even earlier rumors indicated that Apple was indeed testing an 8MP camera for the next iPhone, so there's basically no consistency on this front.
In addition to the iPhone rumors, Bloomberg also claimed that Apple is testing a new iPad with a high-resolution screen "similar to the one now used in the iPhone 4." The screen resolution is said to be a third higher than that of the iPad 2—another strangely inconsistent tidbit of information, since evidence found within the iOS 5 SDK showed UI images that were twice the size (in both directions) as the iPad 2's current screen resolution.
When it comes to the phone, just about the only thing that lines up among all the buzz—besides the A5 processor—is a fall release, which had already been widely expected since before WWDC took place in early June. Apple skipped its usual summer release schedule with the iPhone, leading many to believe that the company will roll the announcement into its typical fall iPod and music event that usually takes place in September. Although BGR claimed that Apple might hold a separate media event in early-to-mid August for this announcement, Bloomberg says it will happen in September after all, which is more along the lines of what we here at Ars would expect if we were betting folks.
Assuming we're all talking about the same device here, it certainly sounds as if various sources are either getting questionable information or the details aren't as nailed-down as we like to believe. We're going to guess the former—usually when there's smoke (in the form of very frequent rumors and leaks), there's fire, but it seems there's little agreement on anything but the most basic details about Apple's upcoming devices. Since we're essentially playing a guessing game here, what would you like to see most out of the next iPhone?