Taiwanese publication – DigiTimes reports that according to Chinese-language Commercial Times, Apple may begin trial production of iPhone 5S next month, indicating that Apple may launch the next generation iPhone earlier than expected.
Here’s an excerpt from DigiTimes:
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 report claims that initial production volumes are likely to top 50,000-100,000 units, with volume production starting as early as the first quarter of 2013. If this turns out to be accurate then Apple could launch the next generation iPhone much earlier than expected.
Apple usually follows a yearly product release cycle, so it is widely expected to launch the next iPhone in August-September 2013. However, it launched the iPhone 5 11 months after the iPhone 4S launch and iPad 4 just 7 months after the iPad 3 launch, so the possibility of Apple accelerating the product cycle for the iPhone cannot be completely ruled out.
iPhone 5S moniker also suggests that it will be a minor upgrade and not a completely redesigned iPhone as we’ve been hoping.
The report also claims that Apple may launch the next generation iPad mini a quarter after launching iPhone 5S.