iPhone 5S production at Foxconn has started, reports say

By on Mar 6, 2013 in Asia, Smartphone, Technology Comments

The production of iPhone 5S has reportedly started at Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronic products, particularly Apple devices. This latest Apple iPhone 5S rumor follows the report last November that iPhone 5S production is being expected in early 2013.

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According to a report at Macotakara.jp today, Wednesday, March 6, 2013, multiple reliable sources told them that Foxconn seemed to have started to manufacture iPhone 5S, noting that no changes were made in the production lines, suggesting that the upcoming iPhone is somehow similar to iPhone 5.

As noted in the report, NTT DoCoMo, Japan‘s leading cellular provider but is not an Apple partner carrier, is apparently reducing orders for the parts of Android-based smartphones for the upcoming fall season this year. It is being speculated that this Japanese carrier is preparing for iPhone 5S.

Back in January, Jeffries analyst Peter Misek released a new research report suggesting that iPhone 5S production may start this March, and that it may be released in June or July 2013. Misek‘s report also indicated that iPhone 5S will be a much cheaper iPhone, and will have a 4.8-inch Retina display.

Meanwhile, Rene Ritchie at iMore also reported this Tuesday that Apple is likely planning to launch iPhone 5S this coming August, noting that it will possess a more advanced processor and an improved camera. In addition, sources told him that the new iPhone may not have the same design with iPhone 5.

The iPhone 5S is also being rumored to be sporting a better camera based on a LED technology referred to as “Smart Flash,” which uses white and yellow LEDs to improve image color rendition. Apple is also being reported to be adding a fingerprint chip sensor in the upcoming iPhone.

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