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iPhone 5S Rumored for Early 2013 Launch

By - Source: DigiTimes | B 35 comments

Production set to commence next month.

While Apple just released the iPhone 5 back in September, the firm is purportedly preparing to launch the iPhone 5S during the opening months of 2013.

The China-based Commercial Times estimates that full commercial production of the iPhone 5S will commence during 2013's quarter one. During December, the firm is expected to create between 50,000 and 100,000 units.

Due to low yield rates of the iPhone 5 on the assembly line, the paper claims that Apple has escalated plans for the smartphone's successor. Due to the fragility of the former's parts that are used to create the handset, a considerable proportion break before they're shipped.

The Cupertino-based technology giant has surprised consumers with successors to its popular devices just months after a previous iteration's release. On November 2, Apple released the iPad Mini and iPad 4, with the latter launching just 7 months after the third-generation iPad, much to the dismay of customers.

Judging by the commercial success of the iPhone 4S, it's unlikely that Apple will, at least for now, proceed to the iPhone 6 instead. That said, the iPhone 4S had its best-selling smartphone on the globe title taken away recently by Samsung's Galaxy S3, which sold over 30 million units.


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    extremepcs , November 14, 2012 1:13 AM
    Yeah I'm beginning to think that the "Apple free" version of Tom's will soon just bring up a 404 error.
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    adgjlsfhk , November 14, 2012 1:31 AM
    Apple is committing suicide. Their image in the past has always come from exclusive products that had high prices. This model creates an idea that having the newest apple device carries with it a certain amount of prestige. By bombing consumers with products, They can not have the newest thing anymore, so the need is broken. Once people break a habit once, it is much easier to break again.
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    choobert , November 14, 2012 1:09 AM
    oh look another apple article.
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  • 18 Hide
    choobert , November 14, 2012 1:09 AM
    oh look another apple article.
  • 23 Hide
    extremepcs , November 14, 2012 1:13 AM
    Yeah I'm beginning to think that the "Apple free" version of Tom's will soon just bring up a 404 error.
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    neoverdugo , November 14, 2012 1:27 AM
    Well...
    That was quick. I was starting to wonder if RaPPLE would leave the preview of the rehash iphone5 until next year. (as in Rotten aPPLE)
    Desperate to get money apple?
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    adgjlsfhk , November 14, 2012 1:31 AM
    Apple is committing suicide. Their image in the past has always come from exclusive products that had high prices. This model creates an idea that having the newest apple device carries with it a certain amount of prestige. By bombing consumers with products, They can not have the newest thing anymore, so the need is broken. Once people break a habit once, it is much easier to break again.
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    acadia11 , November 14, 2012 1:39 AM
    No isht, the minute I picked up the iphone 5, I thought cheap piece of isht!!! Light, prone to scratch ... sticking with my iphone 4, which is best design, they've made yet.
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    acadia11 , November 14, 2012 1:41 AM
    adgjlsfhkApple is committing suicide. Their image in the past has always come from exclusive products that had high prices. This model creates an idea that having the newest apple device carries with it a certain amount of prestige. By bombing consumers with products, They can not have the newest thing anymore, so the need is broken. Once people break a habit once, it is much easier to break again.



    NO they put out an inferior product now they need to fix it. IT's too light, and feels cheap in hand, scratches easily, it's terrible.
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    greghome , November 14, 2012 1:44 AM
    Quote:
    Due to the fragility of the former's parts that are used to create the handset, a considerable proportion break before they're shipped.


    :lol:  So......Hows about those that reach the end user? same result ?
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    spentshells , November 14, 2012 1:46 AM
    acadia11No isht, the minute I picked up the iphone 5, I thought cheap piece of isht!!! Light, prone to scratch ... sticking with my iphone 4, which is best design, they've made yet.


    Think of 3G to 3GS it really is there. Ip4 has nice build quality.

    4S is a reasonable step up but not 3G to 3GS

    Even as a hater when they launched the 4 I was pretty impressed. those were the olden days when apple still had the haze of perfection over everyone including me as a hater

    Ip5 is not a very solid build and the software is really buggy (for apple but near perfect if built by another company)

    5S will be a harder
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    baconeater , November 14, 2012 2:23 AM
    acadia11NO they put out an inferior product now they need to fix it. IT's too light, and feels cheap in hand, scratches easily, it's terrible.


    I own a Samsung galaxy S3. Is that cheap also? cause it's not even aluminum, it's plastic and very light. It scratches like a knife on warm butter. And the back plate is as flimsy as a gum wrapper. All phones are getting thinner and lighter? now it's ap problem ?
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    ipwn3r456 , November 14, 2012 2:46 AM
    WTF the iPhone 5 just released 2 months ago, now another one? This is just like the iPad 3 and iPad 4...
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    kryzzay , November 14, 2012 2:51 AM
    Due to the fragility of the former's parts that are used to create the handset, a considerable proportion break before they're shipped.

    Weak as PISS!
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    Thomas Creel , November 14, 2012 2:51 AM
    Would prefer if they iPhone 6 came out first, then when the iPhne 5s came out no one would buy it. The iphone 5 is so useless, same thing as the 4 version.
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    yobobjm , November 14, 2012 3:08 AM
    Me thinks someone is getting desperate, 6 months or so between phones? *watches aapl go below 550*
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    bllue , November 14, 2012 3:14 AM
    At this rate a large portion of the herd will realize what's going on and move on to better pastures
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    ben850 , November 14, 2012 3:22 AM
    Was highly debating on moving from my 4S to a Nexus device next fall. The release of a "5s" would only guarantee the switch, for me.
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    Anonymous , November 14, 2012 3:29 AM
    Apple is a trendy phone... it's a phone for those who have little to no knowledge of technology. It's what you get now for your spoiled kids or your out-of-touch parents and grandparents. Apple is riding the bandwagon of these fanboys who have no idea there are equal and better products out there. Most feel the transition to a new OS or phone is too complicated, so they stick with the user friendly dinosaur we all call iPhone / iPad. Apple will continue to feed these naive people who stand in line on release day to be the first person to get a pile of crap. They are laughing to the bank and releasing subpar products to only flood the market months later with a slightly better product. The iPad-mini is a perfect example. They could of put a retna display in it, but didn't! Watch as the next model will be pegged as highly-improved. Apple has lost all respect. It cost a nickle to produce these plastic covers and rubber cases, but lets charge $40 and screw the people. Everyone do yourself a favor and stop buying from Apple. (just my 2 cents)
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    Pinhedd , November 14, 2012 3:43 AM
    baconeaterI own a Samsung galaxy S3. Is that cheap also? cause it's not even aluminum, it's plastic and very light. It scratches like a knife on warm butter. And the back plate is as flimsy as a gum wrapper. All phones are getting thinner and lighter? now it's ap problem ?


    For what it's worth, a friend of mine dropped her brand new S3 down some stairs shortly after she got it and shattered the glass face quite nicely. My iPhone 4 has only some scuff marks from wear and tear despite being kicked around quite a bit.
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    JOSHSKORN , November 14, 2012 4:08 AM
    adgjlsfhkApple is committing suicide.

    I don't think a lot of Toms readers would complain about that...just sayin'. :D 
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    IQ11110002 , November 14, 2012 5:25 AM
    I am sorry but I have to say it, iphone 5S the S stands for Scratch! It's a new feature.
    I'll get my coat.....
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    Someone Somewhere , November 14, 2012 6:00 AM
    IQ11110002I am sorry but I have to say it, iphone 5S the S stands for Scratch! It's a new feature.I'll get my coat.....


    Apple again - calling an existing feature a new one!
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