Commercial Times Say iPhone 5S Coming Much Sooner Than Expected, Via Digitimes

12 November 2012

Digitimes:

Apple is expected to begin trial production of a new version of its iPhone 5, or iPhone 5S, in December with initial production volumes likely to top 50,000-100,000 units, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

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 “S” revisions of iPhones tend to be mainly speed focused improvements. I just can’t see this happening with a hypothetical-near-term iPhone 5S though; are Apple really going to be able to substantially best the A6 so soon?

One possibility is that the newspaper has misinterpreted the supply chain signals. It could be that Apple is making revisions to the iPhone 5 to make mass production easier, and this “5S” is really just a behind-the-scenes change that will be applied silently — not meant as the next flagship iPhone.