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Apple to Begin Trial Production of iPhone 5S for Earlier Than Expected Launch?

DigiTimes relays a report coming from a Chinese-language Commercial Times report. In it, the Commercial Times claims that Apple will begin trial production of the iPhone 5S as early as December.
Facing low yield rates in the production of iPhone 5, Apple has accelerated the certification processes for related parts and components for the iPhone 5S, the paper revealed.
The paper then claims the iPhone 5S could enter volume production in the 1st quarter of 2013. If that were truly the case, the iPhone 5S could be be set to launch earlier than most have expected.

Apple originally launched the iPhone in the summer of 2007 and then stayed on an annual mid-year release cycle. This schedule held true until the launch of the iPhone 4S which launched in October 2011. Apple then continued this fall-release schedule with the iPhone 5 in 2012. As a result, many have expected the iPhone 5's successor to launch in the fall of 2013.

The Commercial Times has had a spotty record, however, so its hard to gauge how much faith to put into this single report. If the iPhone 5S launch will indeed be accelerated, we are certain to hear more in the coming months.

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91 months ago
In other news iPhone 6 set for two weeks after the iPhone 5s. A random guy in China told me so.....
Rating: 57 Votes
91 months ago
Yeah right.
Rating: 37 Votes
91 months ago

If an iPhone5S launches in January there will be a lot of pretty hacked off people.

I don't think you can read a January launch into this, even if u are interpret it at face value.

Rating: 31 Votes
91 months ago
iPad 3 --> iPad 4 story again.
Rating: 25 Votes
91 months ago
I'm getting pretty fed up with having to go to a store every two weeks to keep my tech at the bleeding edge.

Apple needs to take it to the next level and allow us to download hardware updates through iTunes.
Rating: 19 Votes
91 months ago
INB4: But i just got the 5.
Rating: 16 Votes
91 months ago

Where's the iphone mini rumors at again since the ipad mini came out?

I hear they plan on making a 3.5" model. Should be groundbreaking.
Rating: 13 Votes
91 months ago
they probably need to do this kind of thing now. competition is getting tougher.
Rating: 13 Votes
91 months ago
Now I am gonna skip iPhone 5 :)
Rating: 12 Votes
91 months ago

So what's the significance of the "S" in the iPhone 5S moniker?

Rating: 10 Votes

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