Another rumor claims the new iPhone is on track for the Fall, LTE and NFC a go

Ready for some more tasty new iPhone rumors? Well, the folks over at BGR claim to have gotten word about Apple’s production plans. The Cupertino based technology company isn’t in the final production stage like many have speculated, instead the new iPhone is currently in the third revised stage called “engineering verification test” (EVT3), according to the site’s trusted source.

What does this all mean? It’s simple, the phone is a couple steps behind the final stage, which means once it clears the third level (EVT3), it has to then pass through the “design verification test” phase (DVT3). To get a better understanding of how this whole process works, BGR’s source provided a clearer example using the timetable of the iPhone 4:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

So if you use this time frame, it would mean that the new iPhone will be out before November as most people have expected. By no means is it ready to ship now, as the final version of the new model hasn’t started production yet. Moreover, the new version iPhone will pack 1GB of RAM, doubled from the iPhone 4S’s 512MB, NFC to get your Passbook-on, and integrated 4G LTE radios, according to BGR’s source. We talked about much of these specs in our rumor roundup.

That said, like every single rumor, we advise you to take this with huge grains of salt, until we hear or see something more from Apple. Who knows, maybe we’ll get lucky and some engineer will leave a prototype laying around, again.

[via BGR]

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