The iPhone 5 may have only been on the market for a short amount of time but that has not stopped rumours gathering momentum about a potential iPhone 5S handset. The latest reports that relate to this model suggests that production of the next generation device may begin as early as next month.
A newspaper publication in Taiwan has published news that Apple are set to begin production of the next generation iPhone in December this year. It states that between 50 thousand and 100 thousand of the phones will be produced as part of a trial run for the new phone. Apple’s experiences with the recently launched iPhone 5 are the main reason behind this early start on the new model. The iPhone 5 has suffered from low yield rates which means that elements of the phone are rejected as defective. A knock on effect of this is that production costs rise while supply also slows down while the problems are fixed. The reason behind these yield rates is that Apple are said to be pushing the boundaries of modern technology and manufacturers are struggling to cope with these demands.
In light of the production problems that have surrounded the iPhone 5 and led to consumers having long waits for shipments Apple are set to get a head start by beginning production of their new model very soon. This will give the manufacturers ample time to eradicate any problems before an official launch meaning that consumer may not need to face the big delays that have been associated with this years model. This first run of handsets is only for trial purposes and full scale production is set to begin in the first quarter of 2013 ahead of an anticipated Q3 release for the phone.
The iPhone 5 is a great handset and is currently challenging the Samsung Galaxy S3 for top spot with consumers. The fact that Apple are looking to begin production of the next generation phone so early shows that they are keen to avoid the production issues that have plagued the iPhone 5.