Nov 12 2012, 8:24pm CST | by Mark Raby
It probably wouldn't be a surprise to any Apple fan to know that Apple is already working on the next iteration of the iPhone, but to get a solid leak on such a rumor this early is a little surprising.
That is exactly the case with a new report out of overseas manufacturing insider Digitimes. The site has an admittedly mixed record when it comes to accurately reporting on the newest chips that are in production.
Although, for every inaccurate report, Digitimes has also proved itself by being the first to get the latest scoop on another story. It is usually the best at reporting the very early stages of something (it gets more muddled when it starts talking about very specific details).
So it can probably be taken with a pretty good deal of assurance that Digitimes know what it's talking about when it says the iPhone 5S is already in the beginning stages of production. It reports that by next month, there will already be trial runs.
It predicts that the device will be available in the first quarter of next year, which would seem to be at odds with Apple's usual strategy. New iPhone models are usually unveiled in the summer or fall, mainly because they are a hot holiday gift item.
It has become almost a guaranteed certainty that a new iPhone will come out once a year, but if the iPhone 5S comes out early in 2013, it could be possible to see two new iPhones next year.
With more than 10 years as a professional writer, Mark Raby has an undeniable pulse on the latest trends. From the quiet rumors to the breaking news of the day, his eagle eye is always focused on the newest scoop and figuring out how and why the big newsmakers are noteworthy and relevant. He is based in New York City.
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