This much is certain: Apple will unveil the sixth-generation iPhone in one of the next three months. What isn’t known is whether this launch will happen in August, September, or October. Now, a new rumor suggests the next handset will arrive earlier than we once thought.

Just days ago, Macotakara claimed that the next iPhone was already in production in China. Now a new photo has surfaced rumored to show the next handset’s front panel.

In this photo, first posted at Apple.pro, the iDevice’s FaceTime camera has been moved to the center above the speaker. On the iPhone 4S/4, the camera is to the left of the speaker.

Additionally, the photo suggests the next handset will be much thinner than previous models.

Note: This photo is reportedly of a white front panel. The black panel shown is just the white frame flipped over.

The new iPhone?

The new iPhone?

Launch date in August?

Meanwhile, KnowYourMobile, quoting a “reliable industry source,” claims Apple will debut the next iPhone at an August 7 keynote. If correct, this would suggest the iPhone will be released much earlier than was originally thought. Previous rumors suggested the next iPhone would debut in late September or early October.

Personally, I’d be surprised to see Apple schedule an event during the dog days of August since many use the final full month of summer as a time to relax and not to release new products. Of course, time will tell.

We’ll keep you updated on all of the Apple rumors heading into the company’s still to be announced fall event. In the meantime, be sure to check out some of our most recent reports on what products could debut in a matter of a few weeks.

These include:

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Sources: Apple.proKnowYourMobile