Apple to start trial runs of an improved iPhone 5S in December, new iPad mini on tap for 2013

Apple to start trial runs of an improved iPhone 5S in December, new iPad mini on tap for 2013
Taiwan's Commercial Times is reporting that Apple will be entering trial production of another iPhone soon, and they call it the iPhone 5S, perhaps alluding to the iPhone 4S that came after the iPhone 4 with better hardware.

The initial batch trials are said to be 50,000-100,000 units, claim the paper's sources, with production ramping up for shipments in the first quarter of next year. Now we doubt that Apple will introduce an upgraded version of the iPhone 5 so soon after its announcement, though it already broke its typical annual upgrade cycle with the iPad 4, releasing it just half a year after the new iPad launched.

This was necessitated by the introduction of the new Lightning connector, though, and the improvements in tablet Retina display technology, whereas the iPhone 5 already comes with the latest and greatest in-touch LCD screen and the new connector, and only has problems keeping up with the demand for it.

The source says Apple has been certifying different components and materials for the 5S, so that might be one more way to address yield rates. Alternatively, the 5S might be just an improved manufacturing method that addresses the scuffs and touchscreen issues, so there's no point speculating further until we have something more concrete.

The Commercial Times source also says that Apple is said to release an upgraded version of the iPad mini a quarter after it starts shipping the improved iPhone 5S, which could mean next summer.

source: CT via Digitimes

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41 Comments

1. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Apple's consecutive incremental releases are not a good sign for them. Loyalty rate will go down again.

7. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

How to make an "S" version of iPhone: Add slight and subtle new features + keep previous design + a bunch of bullcrap speech from Tim Cook = iPhone 5s!

13. imsickwithphone

Posts: 76; Member since: May 17, 2012

you make my day!!

22. lauremar

Posts: 181; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

It's a sign that Apple is freaking out about the slew of devices that are coming out from Google and Microsoft. They're thinking that if they come out with these iDevices named above soon enough, they will not loose their market share. Now they are just playing catch which serve them right. If they stayed innovating instead of litigating, then maybe this wouldn't have happened.

24. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Yea im sure thats what it is. Apple is soo scared right now because of the competition... wait there is none.

26. Droiddoes unregistered

You forgot that apparently according to apple, fixing glaring hardware, design, and manufacturing flaws = new phone. Innovative!

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man U should b working for apple. NOT!!!

38. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

LOL. People who just bought the iPhone 5 got owned. Sucks to be them. This incremental update product strategy reminds me of HTC, and we can all see how well that is working for them...

40. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Believe me, considering the garbage Android phones out there, iPhone is unfortunately the best alternative. If u feel sorry for iPhone owners you should feel deep sorrow and pitty for Android users

16. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

This is more like an improved iP5 (not an iP5S). Things like a harder (less scratch-prone) case and what-not. iP5S will ship 3Q2013. Expect a similar circumstance for the iPad mini. iPad mini2 with resolutionary display and A5X chipset will ship 4Q2013.

20. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

its a sign that the compnay is shaken up after the not-so-successful release of the iPhone 5. Its a sign that Apple is on edge and definitely the ones who bought the iPhone 5 with all of its out-of-the-box defects are definitely gonna feel silly and duped!

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think I'm one of the lucky ones cuz I haven't had a single issue

37. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

You must be really lucky but any high-end phone should be kept in cver...doesn't matter which brand. Hey do you remember a few posts ago on some topic we were debating on how much Apple sold and how much Sammy sold (i dont remeber the article). Well, have you seen the article on PA disclosing sales figures for top ten smartphone selling brands in this quarter? SAMMY sold 56.9 million and Apple sold (wait for it!) 26.9 million...that's not even half of Sammy! That being said you gotta admit in 2010 Apple would have been the de facto choice for a tablet and phone but somehow it isnt the case anymore...people have options and Apple has begun to lose its thunder (reference to PA article). How lang Sammy stays number one...wel we'll just have to wait and see bbut do you feel the Winds of Change :)

2. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

You have to respect Apple for their hardware...tbh I think their dual core is already good enough, especially for iOS. I have no idea what an iphone wants to run that will be that taxing.

15. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

The issue is the design itself. While it's a beautiful design with only metal and glass it's been a complicated design for mass production. My first iPhone had a nick in the metal out the box and that is totally unacceptable. Even Foxconn came out and said that the phone is difficult to make and there is still a backorder of phones almost 2 months after release. What good is a beautiful design if you can't mass product it "without" nicks and scratches? Customers are just going to jump ship and go with Android or Windows phone.

3. MeoCao unregistered

Apple is feeling the heat and I guess they now moves to 6 month upgrade cycle to combat great phones from Android. iPhone brand has lost the air of invincibility.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think they should. That yearly stuff needs to stop

5. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I can't really call that an upgrade. a fix is the best to describe it.

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Apple needs to address the stale-ness of the iOS UI. Soo much more interesting UIs from both Android and WP. BB10 might even be more interesting than iOS....

23. lauremar

Posts: 181; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

Right! Apple can change/upgrade all the hardware they want but unless they change their IOS user interface than just a bunch of square icons on a screen, it will always and forever be boring... IOS needs a major overhaul!!! That's all I gotta say...

25. Xquisite

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

That isn't right. Not everyone cares about customizing and hacking.

27. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

not everyone but a majority

6. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

BYE BYE APPLE

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And where r they going

8. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

OMG! OMG! Finally they decided to add the 's' to the phone name. A much deserved upgrade. Doesn't feel right without it.

14. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Its just matter of time, everyone know Apples pattern about naming already, they might will add another 5GS version too, like iphone 3GS and all depends if 5S works littleeeeeee better then what i5 did.

9. angelesmec unregistered

A new magical product indeed.

10. angelesmec unregistered

I have a riddle. A piece of crap that really burns hole in your pocket.. Guess what?

34. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Ehhh.. it starts with an 'i' and has a fruit logo on it?

11. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

If they are not changing the design then the phone needs a CPU and gpu overhaul along with a redesigned ios 7. A 13mp camera and a bigger battery.

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