iPhone 5S Production To Begin In December As Apple Battles Against Supply Constraints [Report]

iPhone 5S Production To Begin In December As Apple Battles Against Supply Constraints [Report]

The iPhone 5 is less than two months old, and Apple is already preparing to build its successor.

Following the supply problems Apple has faced with the iPhone 5, the Cupertino company is reportedly woking to ensure that it is better prepared for the iPhone 5S by trialling production way ahead of the handset’s public release. According to one Chinese newspaper, it will begin production of up to 100,000 iPhone 5S units this December.

DigiTimes cites a report from Chinese-language newspaper Commercial Times, which reports that initial production of the iPhone 5S will reach 50,000-100,000 units this December — just three months after Apple’s latest smartphone, the iPhone 5, went on sale.

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.

Following its trial run, the iPhone 5S is expected to enter mass production in the first quarter of 2013.

While we would normally advise you to take DigiTimes rumors with a healthy dose of salt, it’s worth noting that this one didn’t actually come from DigiTimes, but Commercial Times instead. Having said that, the paper’s record for accurate Apple reports hasn’t been much better.

Back in February, Commercial Times reported that the iPhone 5 would be unveiled in June, like the iPhone 4, instead of during the fall, like the iPhone 4S. We all know how that turned out.

If the iPhone 5S does indeed enter trial production next month, then we should begin to see components and parts for the device leaking out of Chinese factories — just like they did with the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini prior to their official unveilings.

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  • WireBender4279

    Kond of reminds me of a video I saw. “That is an old Apple, When did you get it?” “Last week.” “They’ve come out with two new Apples since then.” Close to that anyway.

  • Zod Buster

    You missed the part where they also reported that the new IOS will disable GMAIL…. in keeping with the maps app fiasco

  • TinCan2012

    You would have to wonder how much Samsung paid to have this “news” appear before the holiday buying season to slow the sales of the iPhone 5. This is total bs.

  • mynamesdanhoy

    parts are gonna leak, and it wont be a surprise. BAD IDEA

  • Killian

    Kond of reminds me of a video I saw. “That is an old Apple, When did you get it?” “Last week.” “They’ve come out with two new Apples since then.” Close to that anyway.

    The fourth-generation iPad is the first iOS device that came within 12 months of its predecessor — Apple’s given us at least a year with everything else.

  • Killian

    You would have to wonder how much Samsung paid to have this “news” appear before the holiday buying season to slow the sales of the iPhone 5. This is total bs.

    That doesn’t really make sense. Why would Samsung want to slow sales of the iPhone? It’s still not going to persuade iPhone users to buy a Samsung phone.

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