Last week we let out a collective sigh when the first whispers of the iPad mini 2 emerged. It’ll have a Retina display, don’t you know?
Similarly, we’re now hearing the first reports of the successor to the spanking new iPhone 5 – namely the iPhone 5S. Amazing.
As always, it’s DigiTimes relaying the news from out east, though they in turn credit Chinese-language Commercial Times.
We’re told that Apple is expected to commence trial production of the iPhone 5S as early as next month, with initial volumes in the region of 50,000-100,000.
The urgency, the story goes, is a result of low yield rates of the iPhone 5, and as such Apple has reportedly “accelerated the certification processes” for iPhone 5S-related parts and components.
We should brace ourselves – get ready chaps – for the iPhone 5S to hit volume production in the first quarter of 2013. iPhone 5S specs, however, are a total mystery.
Salt? Lots please. The iPhone has settled into a vaguely annual launch cycle over the past five years, and the iPhone 5 is barely two months old.
Having said that, Apple surprised us a few weeks ago with a fourth generation iPad, breaking from its traditional March launch slot with a Lightning connector, faster processor (A6X), enhanced front camera, and additional 4G support.
Incidentally, we should also expect the fifth generation iPad to follow in Q2, as the resolution on the fourth generation iPad was “lower than expected”. Great stuff.