The iPhone 5 has now been with us for approximately seven weeks but if you thought you were going to be sitting at the cutting edge of smartphone technology for a substantial period of time, then a report coming out of China could pour some cold water on that thought. A story coming from the Commercial Times is suggesting that Apple have no intention of resting on their laurels when it comes to updating and upgrading their iPhone hardware and could be planning on initiating a trial production run of iPhone 5S handsets as early as next month.
It seems nothing short of madness to suggest that the Cupertino based company could be even contemplating pushing out a new iPhone so soon after the successful release of the current model iPhone 5, but as far-fetched as the report may seem on the surface it does actually raise a few intriguing points that could add some fuel to this one. The publication is making reference to the fact that Apple have been facing low yield rates for certain components that are included in the iPhone 5 and could therefore take action to accelerate the launch of its successor.
Any devices that are born from a trial production run taking place toward the end of this year wouldn’t make it in the hands of the public, but it is also being speculated that should an initial trial prove successful, Apple could be looking to put the iPhone 5S into mass production in the first quarter of 2013. Apple’s current iPhone 5 is the sixth-generation smartphone to come from the fruit company, with all previous releases either following or going beyond a twelve month release schedule. Given previous release history it seems highly unlikely that we will be seeing a new iPhone in the next few months.
Until we hear anything additional or concrete from reliable and tested sources then I think it is safe to assume that the current iPhone 5 will see us through until at least September/October of 2013. However, when that time does arrive it will be extremely interesting to see whether or not Apple will go down the route of releasing a totally revamped handset or do actually make incremental updates and push out an iPhone 5S.