Apple is set to begin mass production of the iPhone 5S later this month, one of the industry's best-connected analysts forecasts.
Peter Misek, renowned for getting his Apple predictions spot on, says Cupertino’s suppliers are readying themselves for a surge in production in the next few weeks.
That points to a late-September or early-October launch, the same time of year as last year’s iPhone 5 and 2011’s iPhone 4S.
In the same research note, Misek claims that Apple will be looking to ship up to 30 million models of the iPhone 5S in the quarter following the device’s launch.
That number will then ramp up to a massive 55 million units around Christmas, as Apple looks to cash in after a bruising year in which Samsung has continued to keep pace in the race to be smartphone number one.
The iPhone 5S is expected to be Apple’s new flagship iPhone, with a separate budget model, arriving in an array of different colours, being released at the same time.
Specs are said to include a security–focused fingerprint sensor, updated camera with a slow–mo video function and an improved processor.