iPhone 5S trial production to start next month?

iPhone 5S trial production to start next month?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.

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 12, 2012 at 17:28


TJ Skywasher  Nov. 12, 2012 at 17:38

Resolution of the 4th gen iPad lower than expected? Do we really need anything higher than we currently have, it's already greater than full HD anything else would be overkill surely. Maybe a need for it once 4K content becomes mainstream, but until then I don't see the need with keep needing to double up on the resolution. Apple wouldn't go with some strange pixel dimension just to increase the pixel density a small amount as it would cause fragmentation across the App Store.

Pondlife  Nov. 12, 2012 at 18:25

Erm they have already gone with a strange pixel dimension just to increase the density on the ipad 3 and 3s...

Anyway that joke 5s pic reminds me of the ill-fated LG phone BL40

TJ Skywasher  Nov. 12, 2012 at 18:35

Strange? They doubled the pixel dimension from 1024 x 768 to 2048 x 1536, made sense so apps would still work fine. Can't see them changing this to something else unless they're going to double up again, which is probably too soon.

Pondlife  Nov. 12, 2012 at 18:43

Yeah strange. They've changed to a more standard resolution (16:9 aspect ratio*) for the iphone 5 and apps have had to adapt, could have done similar for the ipad but wanted to play the high pixel density game. They ditched that pixel desity game for the mini so who knows.

*aiming for 720p for the 5s maybe?

socialjeebus  Nov. 13, 2012 at 01:42

50,000 to 100,000? What's the point of that? Complete BS if you ask me.

The low yield issue is hilarious though. That's going to be a big issue for Apple in the future if they continue to diversify their supply base.

There's a reason why so many companies use Samsung memory, processors and display panels. They're one of the few companies who can produce at the volume and quantity required.

Hedging their bets on Sharp seems doomed too:


B1zarr0Prim3  Nov. 14, 2012 at 11:35

Remember how everyone got all excited for the iPhone 5 last year but it turned out to be the 4S?
Wouldn't it be funny if the 5S turned out to be the iPhone 6?

Well... probably not that funny but it would make some people (or just me ) chuckle.

Pondlife  Nov. 14, 2012 at 11:53

I can imagine Lewis would find it particularly amusing...

TJ Skywasher  Nov. 14, 2012 at 12:00

I already have an iPhone 6, but for some strange reason Apple decided to call it the iPhone 5 :S makes no sense to me.


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