Apple starting production on iPhone 5S, report says

November 12, 2012

You may have thought we were getting a break from Apple rumors now that the company has updated most of its product lines. But prolific Apple rumor-monger Digitimes jumped back on the horse over the weekend with a report that the company is in the early stages of production on — you guessed it — the “iPhone 5S.”

The Taiwanese tech site, it should be noted, has a mixed record in accurately predicting what Apple has up its sleeve based on reports from the company’s supply chain in Asia.

According to the site’s Steve Shen, Apple is believed to be in the very early stages of production on the new device. The report says that the next iPhone will enter trial production in December and ramp up to volume production in the first quarter of next year. The report indicated that the iPhone 5S would come out before a new iPad.

There are several things about this report that don’t match up with Apple’s usual production schedules. For the past two years, iPhones have come out in the fall, while iPad models have debuted in the spring. Before that, Apple announced new models of the iPhone in the summer at the Worldwide Developers conference (though the Verizon iPhone 4 and the white iPhone 4 came out later than the initial model) .

Then again, Apple hasn’t exactly shied away from changing up its production schedule in the past. As recently as last month, the company surprised its consumers with a new version of the iPad with a faster processor, dock connector and new front-facing camera.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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