Apple is reportedly gearing up for a dry run production of the sixth-generation iPhone, in a bid to overcome “low yield rates in the production of the iPhone 5”, sources abreast of matters have revealed.
Citing Chinese newspaper Commercial Times, Digitimes is back with fresh supply chain gossip, reporting that “Apple has accelerated the certification processes for related parts and components” for the device still unofficially dubbed the iPhone 5S, amid difficulties in producing enough units of its current-gen kit to meet high demand.
The trial production is mooted to begin in December with initial volumes to peak between 50,000 and 100,000 units, followed by volume production in the first quarter of 2013, which may suggest a possible summer ETA for the iPhone 5S.
Additionally, it’s said that Apple will enter production of its next iPad in the second quarter of 2013. Whether this is the regular sized iPad or the iPad Mini with Retina display is still a mystery.
“While the speculated iPhone 5S is expected to enter volume production in the first quarter of 2013, Apple is also likely to release a new version of iPad a quarter later than the iPhone 5S, since the display resolution of its latest version of iPad has come out lower than expected,” Digitimes added.
News of Apple’s plans follows an admission by Foxconn head Terry Guo that the manufacturer was struggling to fulfil Apple's requests, stating that “shipments are insufficient given the huge market demand”.