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100,000 Units: That’s How Many iPhone 5S Apple May Put into Production By December

Sites include , . Published on November 15th, 2012. Written by Anthony West.

Apple is barely past its iOS 6 maps fiasco and the disastrous delays in shipping the iPhone 5 to customers, but who cares? Apple looks ready to update the iPhone 5 anyway. The rumor mill has been churning the last couple of days about Apple’s supposed plans to start making a fresh update to the latest iPhone by late December. Keep in mind that the iPhone 5 was released in September and Apple just recently got the delivery time down to 2 – 3 weeks via its online outlets.

So why on earth would Apple be looking to update the iPhone 5 given all its troubles? Analysts aren’t sure, and many are suggesting that this could very well be a rumor and nothing else; for others, Apple may very well be trying to put right the problems with the September launch.

Only 50,000 – 100,000 units will be made

Apple has apparently increased the certification time it takes for related parts and components, something analysts feel will dramatically speed up the delivery time of devices in the future. Apple is also moving to ramp up its own device components and the A6 chip which sits in the iPhone 5 is rumored to be heading to pretty much all devices that the company makes.

If production does go ahead as many are reporting, only a handful of people will be able to get their hands on the new iPhone 5S—100K units after all, is a minuscule amount when you are talking about a smartphone and this could make demand rabid among enthusiasts.

The argument against making the iPhone 5S (so soon)

The biggest gripe some analysts believe consumers will have is that just a few months after they waited ‘ages’ for their iPhone 5, Apple is releasing a very limited number of an updated version. Some consumers, it is being speculated will be annoyed with the fact that their device may be perceived as old or outdated. Another argument against production is that any update to the iPhone 5 will require some effort and Apple may simply get it wrong.

“The iPhone 5 is the most difficult device that Foxconn has ever assembled. To make it light and thin, the design is very complicated,” said one Apple spokesperson. This is precisely the reason many people following the rumor believes Apple might be making a big mistake coming out with an iPhone 5 update so quickly.

One thing to consider too is whether Samsung’s rumored release of the Galaxy S4 is perhaps forcing Apple’s hand. The iPhone is already getting a trouncing from the Galaxy S3 and so it could very well be damage control on Apple’s part. A march release of the S4 would certainly help depress sales of the iPhone 5 and the only way to compete with Samsung is with an iPhone 5 update.

Right now though, much of this is just talk. If Apple does drop the 5S on us next year, we would be vindicated for making the connection between it and the Samsung Galaxy S4.

The smartphone wars continue.

Ill-timed or stroke of genius’ how would a March release of the iPhone 5S been seen by you? Share your thoughts below.

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