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.
Source: Commercial Times