Hear that? That’s the iPhone rumor mill spinning back into action after a few days of blissful silence.

Sure, the iPhone 4S just came out here and is set to hit more than 70 countries by the end of the year, but that hasn’t stopped a good rumor or two from bubbling up about Apple’s next handset. Which, just for the heck of it, we’ll call the iPhone 5.

Yes, techies have already decided that the iPhone 5 name should, in fact, go to the *next* new handset from Apple, since it would be in keeping with the naming scheme — iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S — that Apple’s already set up.

The next iPhone, CNET reported, is really the final Apple device that had a major amount of input from Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs. Citing analyst Ashok Kumar of Rodman & Renshaw, the report said that the next iPhone is likely to be a “cult classic” because it was Jobs’s last big project at Apple.

Kumar said that it will be slimmer, with a larger screen and may have LTE — which should all sound familiar to anyone who was following iPhone 4S/iPhone 5 rumors.

Reports from the Korea Times indicate that Apple and Samsung will continue their manufacturing partnership despite their ongoing tiff over patent infringement. The report, citing unnamed industry sources, said that Samsung has been ramping up production of its quad-core A6 chip at its plant in Austin, Texas. The report said that Apple will become Samsung’s biggest overseas client this year, having bought more than $8 billion in components from the Korean company.

And what about a release date? Well, Apple switched its release schedule for phones to its autumn event for the iPhone 4S, but speculation swirls around a summer release date for the next handset.

But if you’re trying to decide whether you want to upgrade your iPhone, I’d stick to weighing your existing options (3GS, 4 or 4S) rather than comparing your handset to the vaporware that is the iPhone 5.

After all, it’s very early in the season for Apple rumors.

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