Possible iPhone 5S image leaked, said to hit production in Q1 2013
A leaked image, said to be of the iPhone 5S’ casing, has leaked online ahead of a predicted Q1 2013 production run
An image said to show the casing from Apple’s iPhone 5S has leaked online, revealing a different internal configuration to the one used on 2012’s iPhone 5. Sources claim it’s the real deal but speculation suggests it may just be a clone.
It appears to be the same size as the iPhone 5, suggesting Apple is not including a larger panel next time around, but the internal configuration is slightly different.
Know Your Mobile has seen the standard of iPhone clone devices while traveling around Asia and while it’s certainly plausible that Apple is testing a new device, it’s more likely that this device is some kind of forgery. There’s plenty out there and some are actually quite impressive.
A Chinese site in November claimed the firm was set to begin trial production of the new model this month, although has no details of what new features it may contain, reports the Daily Mail.
No Apple rumour would be complete without some input from DigiTimes, and this instance is no exception. ‘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,’ said the supply chain blog.
The report also claims that Apple’s iPhone 5S will hit ‘volume production in Q1 2013’ but could not say when the company would launch the device. Our best estimate, based on Apple’s historical release schedule, is a late-Q2 early-Q3 launch and release.
That said, Apple could push out a minor update to the iPhone 5 significantly earlier, adding additional hardware, ramping up specs, and outfitting it with more widely supported LTE radios.
Samsung out-sold the iPhone 5 with its Galaxy S3 handset in Q3 2012, indicating that Apple has finally lost control of the UK smartphone space.
It took Samsung a good few years but it now seems to be a done deal: the Galaxy S-brand is the new power-player in town. And with the release of the Galaxy S4 scheduled for sometime in early Q2 2013, you can expect Samsung’s stake in the space to keep on growing.
Apple’s next big step is reinventing iOS. The company's UI needs a massive facelift, having looked more or less the same since it first launched way back in 2007.
In our opinion that's a much more pressing issue than releasing a mild update to the iPhone 5, which the iPhone 5S will no doubt be.
More news as we get it.