iPhone 5s production already underway?
Apple Inc. may have already started production of its next smartphone, the iPhone 5S, enthusiast and tech sites reported this week.
Enthusiast site AppleInsider.com cited a report on Japanese-language blog Macotakara that said Apple partner Foxconn has already started production of the so-called iPhone 5S.
"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," it said.
It also quoted MacOtakara as saying Japan's top cellular provider NTT DoCoMo, which is not yet an Apple partner carrier, may be reducing orders for Android-based smartphones for the fall 2013 season.
AppleInsider said such a move has prompted rival carriers to speculate that DoCoMo may soon start sales of the iPhone.
Meanwhile, MacRumors.com said the iPhone 5S may have improved components although the outside still basically sports the iPhone 5's look.
However, the 5S has been rumored to have a fingerprint sensor on the home button and improved flash for the rear camera.
"Macotakara has been accurate in the past, like details on the redesigns of the iPod nano and iPod touch. They've also had some misses, however, like a rumor about how the iPod nano would include Wi-Fi capabilities to support iTunes in the Cloud," it added. — TJD, GMA News