Now that iPhone 5 units are being delivered to early users, a new rumor from Taiwan stated Apple’s plans to start trial production of a so-called “iPhone 5S” this December. The rumor came from a Chinese newspaper, Commercial Times, which was translated by hit-or-miss DigiTimes yesterday.
In relation to this, there were claims that the initial production volumes of the purported next-generation iPhone will likely fall between 50,000 and 100,000 units. As stated on the website, “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.”
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Additionally, it was reported that Apple might release a new version of the iPad, just “a quarter later than the iPhone 5S”. It was also mentioned in the report that the display resolution of the company’s latest iPad is lower than expected. This is presumably a reference to the iPad Mini, which features a non-Retina Display.
It is a note worth taking that Commercial Times and DigiTimes have poor track records when it comes to Apple-related news. A couple of years ago, the Chinese newspaper claimed that the Cupertino-based company was buying 9.7-inch LCD screens to build their notebook. However, the said displays were meant for the iPad.
Apple announced their iPad 4 and iPad Mini last month. The fourth-generation tablet features an A6X processor, Lightning connector, 9.7-inch Retina Display, 10-hour battery life, as well as expanded LTE support for more carriers around the world. Lightning connector accessories are also available to support cameras, SD cards, and VGA or HDMI digital video.
On the other hand, the iPad Mini, boasts a 7.9-inch screen, A5 chip, FaceTime HD camera, 5-megapixel iSight camera, LTE connectivity, faster Wi-Fi, and new Lightning connector. It also has the same resolution as the iPad 2, enabling the device to access more than 275,000 applications.
However, one unnamed source predicted that the company will launch a lighter and thinner next-generation iPad “as quickly as possible”. That’s because the iPad 4 has the same weight and thickness as its predecessor.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, Apple may be pressured by Microsoft’s latest Surface tablet. In case the PC maker catches on with consumers and businesses through its tablet, it could pose a risk to the iPad maker’s dominance in the “post-PC” world. Because of that, Apple will redesign their iPad in the near future.