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iPhone 5S production reportedly kicks off ahead of launch in the first half next year

iPhone 5S Release Date

Is Apple’s (AAPL) annual mobile device launch schedule accelerating? The fourth-generation iPad launched in September this year after the third-generation model was released in March, and now a report on Monday from Chinese newspaper Commercial Times claims Apple’s manufacturing partners will begin trial production of the next-generation “iPhone 5S” in December after the iPhone 5 just launched less than two months ago. Initial volumes are said to be in the range of 50,000 to 100,000 units.

According to the report, Apple is looking to get a jump on production to avoid the yield issues it is facing with the current iPhone 5 model, which have resulted in ongoing supply shortages. Commercial Times goes on to state that volume production will begin in the first quarter of 2013. While the paper does not indicate exactly when the new iPhone might launch, it does claims the iPhone 5S will be released in the first half next year along with a new iPad and Apple’s much rumored HDTV.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.