According to a new report today, Apple has already started trial production of a device with the designator ‘iPhone 5S’ with a view to launching the new iPhone in early 2013. The report comes from the Chinese language news site Commercial Times (via 9to5Mac) who suggest that massive shipments of the new iPhone 5S are going to take place in the first quarter of 2013 and that the iPhone won’t be the only device on the receiving end of an update.
According to the site, the iPad and the Apple TV will also receive a revision in the first half of the year. The report in itself is interesting and some may find it difficult to believe, but there are some notable considerations related to the release schedule of some recent Apple products. For instance, taking the new iPad, Apple has just released a brand new iPad (arguably an iPad 3S), just months after releasing the iPad 3. This was a much more rapid release schedule than people were perhaps expecting. That said, an early 2013 release for a new iPad could mean three new iPad models released in under a year.
That said, it isn’t inconceivable to think that Apple has already started test production on the iPhone 5S, and that a new model may come sooner rather than later. It would, perhaps, leave a longer interval between the next minor iteration of the iPhone, and the next major iteration i.e. the iPhone 6.
The report also points towards a new iTV, but whether or not this refers to a new Apple television set remains to be seen.