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Next iPhone rumor: LTE and new dock port coming aboard iPhone 5

Next iPhone rumor: LTE and new dock port coming aboard iPhone 5A recent iMore post, citing unnamed `inside' sources, has revealed some juicy details about the hardware specs of the next Apple smartphone - the much-rumored iPhone 5, which will likely be announced this spring or at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

Some of the most notable hardware specs which the iMore report has drawn attention to include a 4G LTE radio fairly akin to the one shipped on the third-generation iPad; a screen which will be "similar if not same sized" to the long-time 3.5-inch specification from Apple; and a smaller dock port to facilitate charging and data transfers.

The iMore report about a smaller dock port coming aboard the iPhone 5 substantiates a similar report from Japanese Apple-centric blog Macotakara in October. In fact, iMore itself had claimed in its last month report that the forthcoming iPhone and iPad models will have smaller ports so as to allow Apple to slot in other components in the space vacated by bigger ports.

Meanwhile, among the other iPhone 5 rumors was a Wednesday report from Reuters, which cited anonymous source-linked information from the South Korean Maeil Business Newspaper, to claim that Apple will apparently have a bigger screen on the next-generation iPhone, and that the company has already started ordering the part from suppliers.

About the likely timeline for the iPhone 5's manufacturing, analyst Chris Caso of Susquehanna Financial had mentioned in a recent note to clients that "iPhone 5 production is expected to start around the June time frame."