Apple to start manufacturing the iPhone 5S early so they can iron out the kinks

November 12, 2012

    Apple’s iPhone 5 is, without question, one of the most lusted after smartphones currently on the market. It’s the iPhone that finally shipped with a screen that’s larger than 3.5 inches diagonal, and it’s also the first iPhone with 4G LTE. One thing Apple didn’t count on was just how hard it would be to make their latest Jesus Phone. That “chamfered edge” has become a well documented nightmare. It’s so hard to make Foxconn’s CEO, Terry Gou, gave the media this statement a few days ago:

    “It’s not easy to make the iPhones. We are falling short of meeting the huge demand.”

    In order to make sure that the iPhone 5S doesn’t face the same problems as the iPhone 5, DigiTimes is reporting that Apple is going to make between 50,000 and 100,000 iPhone 5S units at some point in December in order to iron out all the manufacturing kinks. Volume production will start at some point in the first quarter of next year.

    What does this have to do with Android? History shows that every other iPhone gets a new design, which means the iPhone 5S will look exactly like the iPhone 5. What can Apple possibly add to the iPhone 5S to make it “better” than the iPhone 5? An improved camera, a faster processor, but not much more. Samsung meanwhile, they move on a much faster release cycle. Each year we see a completely new Galaxy S. That means that the Galaxy S4, assuming it’s going to be called that, has a very high probability of blowing every 2013 smartphone out of the water.

    Think about it, if HTC and Sony can make 1080p smartphones, don’t you think Samsung has something up their sleeves? And don’t even get us started about the ARM Cortex A15 in the Nexus 10 and the new Chromebook. Imagine that beast inside a device that slips into your pocket!

    Comments

    • padlock1

      given all the crap they’ve put out lately, they’ll certainly require a very long lead time from production to sales. trick me once, shame on me, trick me twice, shame on Apple!

    • http://www.slideshare.net/samirsshah Samir Shah

      Because iPhone generates most margins for Apple it is best to re-issue it with iPhone 5S (better processor and better camera) around March with the kinks ironed out so that it can be manufactured speedily. If Apple wants, 4K iPad 5 and Retina iPad mini can wait till September (though I prefer May-June).

    • AngelesMEC

      To make iPhone 5S better than the iPhone 5 they must ditch the iOS 6 and install Android 4.1 or 4.2 if they can.

      • Ya boiii

        Then it would be called the iPhone 2, as Android would be several steps backwards.

    • Jared Persinger

      maybe the screen size will be 4.1″ this time

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000266127608 Chivalry Sky

      no point for a better processor or camera…

    • http://twitter.com/libjim Jimmy

      Maybe it doesn’t make sense to say that the 5S would be physically identical to the 5 if they need to do production tests.

    • Evan Wickes

      they are mostlikely releasing the iphone 5s to get out of the contract w/ samsung, as their chip manufacturer. they can finally break ties w/ samsung & both companies are looking forward to that split. samsung can refocus their efforts on the galaxy line & apple can contract w/ someone else on their next line of icrap.

    • phonegeek

      The only problem i got with the iPhone 5 is the battery life and google maps. They fix these 2 and I’m back in to the apple world. Unless they fix the battery life on the Galaxy S4 then im staying android. (Currently using Galaxy S3, switched from iPhone 4s)

    • Twisted247

      “what can apple do to the i5 to make it better” ANYTHING LMAO, thats like asking what button do i push to continue when the screen says hit any key to continue. HIT ANYTHING .. OR APPLE DO SOMETHING.

    • Gof***afanboy

      I am sick of upgrading apple products.. i’d rather they make a good product and keep on updating software rather than hardware…. coming from a android person

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