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Old Nov 12, 2012, 03:41 AM   #1
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Apple to Begin Trial Production of iPhone 5S for Earlier Than Expected Launch?




DigiTimes relays a report coming from a Chinese-language Commercial Times report. In it, the Commercial Times claims that Apple will begin trial production of the iPhone 5S as early as December.
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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 paper then claims the iPhone 5S could enter volume production in the 1st quarter of 2013. If that were truly the case, the iPhone 5S could be be set to launch earlier than most have expected.

Apple originally launched the iPhone in the summer of 2007 and then stayed on an annual mid-year release cycle. This schedule held true until the launch of the iPhone 4S which launched in October 2011. Apple then continued this fall-release schedule with the iPhone 5 in 2012. As a result, many have expected the iPhone 5's successor to launch in the fall of 2013.

The Commercial Times has had a spotty record, however, so its hard to gauge how much faith to put into this single report. If the iPhone 5S launch will indeed be accelerated, we are certain to hear more in the coming months.

Article Link: Apple to Begin Trial Production of iPhone 5S for Earlier Than Expected Launch?
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 03:42 AM   #2
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Yeah right.
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 11:47 AM   #3
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Yeah right.
The S in the 5S will be for Scratch resistant! For a 3 months window, I'm sure that's all the improvements Apple can do.
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 12:24 PM   #4
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Yeah right.
I agree and disagree.

I agree that it is highly unlikely that they are going to massively advance the release of the next phone, particularly to something like Feb/Mar.

But I disagree that this report is definitely 100% off base. They could be doing a trial production for testing purposes this early. In fact it makes sense given the rumors that they stopped doing field testing after the whole iPhone 4 thing. They would need longer to test to try to find all possible bugs.
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 03:42 AM   #5
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INB4: But i just got the 5.
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 03:43 AM   #6
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In other news iPhone 6 set for two weeks after the iPhone 5s. A random guy in China told me so.....
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 03:44 AM   #7
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If an iPhone5S launches in January there will be a lot of pretty hacked off people.
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 03:44 AM   #8
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they probably need to do this kind of thing now. competition is getting tougher.
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 03:45 AM   #9
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maybe they wanna switch iphone and ipad release frames.
since they now jumped to Q3 with the ipad they might wanna introduce iphones in Q1 from now on... who knows
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 05:46 AM   #10
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maybe they wanna switch iphone and ipad release frames.
since they now jumped to Q3 with the ipad they might wanna introduce iphones in Q1 from now on... who knows
This is what I thought - targeting iPad sales to the holiday season instead of iPhone
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 06:02 AM   #11
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This is what I thought - targeting iPad sales to the holiday season instead of iPhone
I think this makes sense. Early adopter / Apple enthusiasts aside, many people's phone renewal schedule is driven by the expiry of their carrier contract, which could really be at any time of the year. I suspect a much greater proportion of iPads are bought contract free (either wifi only or pay as you go data) so releasing the new model just in time for Christmas & Black Friday makes more sense
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If an iPhone5S launches in January there will be a lot of pretty hacked off people.
I don't think you can read a January launch into this, even if u are interpret it at face value.

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Old Nov 12, 2012, 03:47 AM   #13
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They aren't even able to satisfy the demand for the 5 alone. Now they expect to manufacture even more of iPhones for the upcoming launch of the next generation iPhone?
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 03:53 AM   #14
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They aren't even able to satisfy the demand for the 5 alone. Now they expect to manufacture even more of iPhones for the upcoming launch of the next generation iPhone?
Something in the product could have changed to avoid that problem, so that Apple is eager to get it out ASAP.

It sounds a bit strange though. With this little time between releases, I wonder what convincing hardware improvements Apple could provide. I think there's a risk in that their brand is tarnished if they release too often and make too minor improvements. Apple has traditionally been the company standing for releases with a bang.
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They aren't even able to satisfy the demand for the 5 alone. Now they expect to manufacture even more of iPhones for the upcoming launch of the next generation iPhone?
Exactly. Still they do not reach the demand, I seriously doubt that they start a new model manufacturing in the middle of a product launch...
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Now I am gonna skip iPhone 5
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Now I am gonna skip iPhone 5
Yeah, I parked my on the shelf it was so boring, and dull.

Re-Activated my excellent 4S, now enjoying it more than ever.

It's a smart move on Apple's part to obsolete the iPhone 5.

The 5S has got to be better, it can't be worse.
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When and if it's released, unless it's a leap like the ipad 4 proved to be ( and it might well be) then I'm not going to bite. If they use the faster CPU and graphics engine then I can't see them calling it the 5S....It would have to be the 6.

I'll stick with my 5 if it's minor stuff.
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When and if it's released, unless it's a leap like the ipad 4 proved to be ( and it might well be) then I'm not going to bite. If they use the faster CPU and graphics engine then I can't see them calling it the 5S....It would have to be the 6.

I'll stick with my 5 if it's minor stuff.
That's usually what S upgrades are, same housing, better internals.

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I think that there will be a lot of hacked up people if the iPhone 5S launches.
Namely Samsung.
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When and if it's released, unless it's a leap like the ipad 4 proved to be ( and it might well be) then I'm not going to bite.
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I'll stick with my 5 if it's minor stuff.
nobody would expect you to upgrade from a 5 to a 5S. normal people dont expect to upgrade their phones every single year.

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This report is a bunch of BS, but if it were true, it would backfire big time on Apple. The media and public backlash might do Apple in.
doom. any day now.
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I really doubt it, but the sooner we get the 5s out of the way, the sooner we get the 6


I know this is a dead horse, but I'm bummed we never saw the teardrop design that was rumored when the 4s came out.
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 03:50 AM   #22
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iPad 3 --> iPad 4 story again.
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I know this is a dead horse, but I'm bummed we never saw the teardrop design that was rumored when the 4s came out.
A friend of mine has one: it's a mainland China iPhone knock-off with a really poor screen which is about 4", but quite low resolution. It runs some old variant of Android (I think) with an iOS like UI.

Unbalanced, too. All the weight is on the thick side.
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I really doubt it, but the sooner we get the 5s out of the way, the sooner we get the 6
Are you sure? What about iPhone 5SS? or iPhone 5SSS?
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I really doubt it, but the sooner we get the 5s out of the way, the sooner we get the 6


I know this is a dead horse, but I'm bummed we never saw the teardrop design that was rumored when the 4s came out.
That's the reason I didn't step on the 5. Had the 4, the 4S faster but the same, the 5.....
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