Production of Apple's 'iPhone 5S' now underway at Foxconn
By Mikey Campbell
Fresh rumors out of the Far East say that Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn has already started production of the so-called iPhone 5S, with the next-generation handset reportedly being built on the same lines as the current iPhone 5.
Citing a source familiar with the matter, Japanese Apple blog MacOtakara reported that Foxconn is starting to ramp up production of Apple's iPhone 5 successor. The site noted that because the design of the "iPhone 5S" is substantially the same to the company's existing handset, little to no tooling is needed to manufacture the two models on the same production lines.
In a note to investors in January, Jefferies analyst Peter Misek estimated that production of the next-generation iPhone would begin in March ahead of a launch expected in either June or July. He also predicted that Apple will be launching a second smartphone alongside the 5S, possibly a much-rumored low-cost version targeted at developing markets.
MacOtakara also claimed that Japan's number one cellular provider NTT DoCoMo, which is not yet an Apple partner carrier, is apparently reducing orders for Android-based smartphones for the upcoming fall 2013 season. The supposed move has prompted rival carriers to speculate that DoCoMo may soon start sales of the iPhone.
Rumors surrounding the release of Apple's next-gen smartphone have been heating up, with two reports on Monday claiming the iPhone 5S will likely see a summer rollout. The exact dates haven't been pinned down, with predictions ranging from a June announcement to a release in August.
Just as previous "S version" iPhones, the forthcoming model is not expected to see a design change, and will instead benefit from updated internal components. While a faster A-series SoC is almost a given, some rumors point to an upgraded camera or camera lens assembly and the possible implementation of a Smart Flash that uses white and yellow L
You Apple longs should want to keep this news bottled up as long as possible. Pump up the advantages of the 5S and what will happen to the already falling sales of the iPhone 5? New buyers will be conflicted buy a 5 at full price now or wait and the the 5 will be a lower price or wait and get the better 5S.
"the next-generation handset reportedly being built on the same lines as the current iPhone 5. "
Are you telling us they build THE SAME iPhone with a different name? And you guys wonder why aapl si down 40%?
Everyone long aapl should send this report to the WSJ and CNBC demanding front page article and 47 reports today, respectively. That would almost make up for their bs actions during the drop on stories like the japanese analyst saying Foxconn parts orders slowing (for what, discontinued i4 parts?). LOL