According to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report, Apple is likely to begin trial production of an upcoming version of its iPhone 5, in December with initial production volumes likely to top 50,000-100,000 units The device is widely suggested to be called iPhone 5S. An extract from the report reads:
“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.”
Apple is expected to start trial production of the iPhone 5S as early as December. According to the source the volume production of the iPhone 5S could begin in the 1st quarter of 2013 and if it appears to be true, the iPhone 5S could be set to launch earlier than most of us have expected.
Having originally launched an iPhone in 2007, Apple has stayed on an annual mid-year release cycle since then. As a result, many have expected the iPhone 5's successor to arrive in the fall of 2013.
However, it still stays doubtful for us how credible the Chinese source is, due to the fact that DigiTimes, who initially reposted the report from the Chinese Commercial Times report, does not link the original article anywhere in the whole piece. Moreover, there’s no single word about the Chinese Commercial Times’ source, revealing such important information to the whole tech world. It’s sad to see someone so reputable in the past becoming such a cheap attention seeker… But it’s even sadder that other trustworthy media representatives follow and repeat the non-argumentative nonsense by “a random Chinese guy” as well…