The successor to the iPhone 5 has reportedly entered production, as Apple gears up for a purported summer launch.
Citing a “reliable source” with knowledge of matters, Japanese site Macotakara reports that Apple’s long-time manufacturing partner Foxconn has begun “partial production” of the handset widely known as the iPhone 5S.
The insider added that the iPhone 5S is being assembled on the same production lines as the iPhone 5, but stopped short of offering an ETA as to when it might hit shop shelves.
Previously, Jefferies analyst Peter Misek forecast that production of the seventh-generation iPhone would begin in March with a release date likely to be set for summer in June or July.
Earlier today, Rene Ritchie of iMore reported Apple is planning to launch the handset slightly later in August and will “once again raise the bar in terms of iPhone optics, including a much better camera in essentially the same casing”.
He added that the iPhone 5S will sport “the same basic design as the iPhone 5, with a more advanced processor and an improved camera”.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, these are mooted to include faster A7 processor, a new LED flash dubbed “Smart Flash” and a fingerprint chip for enhanced security using biometric technology.
Apple is also hotly tipped to be working on a cheaper iPhone to stave off the challenge from low-cost Android smartphones. This is also rumoured to tip up this summer, possibly around the same time as the iPhone 5S.
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