Too soon for iPhone rumors? Just two months after Apple debuted the iPhone 5 at its September media event, a new DigiTimes report claims that the company could begin manufacturing the next-generation iPhone 5S before the calender year is over. According to the report, citing Chinese-language newspaper Commercial Times, Apple will reportedly begin trial production of the iPhone 5S in December, with initial volumes expected to fall between 50,000 to 100,000 units.
The difficulties associated with manufacturing the iPhone 5 is believed to be the reason why Apple is accelerating the certification process of iPhone 5S parts and components. Foxconn claims that the iPhone 5 is the most difficult product it has ever assembled, admitting that it is falling behind on production of the device as demand remains high in the United States and elsewhere during the holiday shopping season.
In the past, Apple has released the iPhone on a yearly cycle. The first four iPhone models were released in the June-July timeframe for four consecutive years, although Apple broke that trend by holding off the iPhone 4S release until October 2011. Apple stuck to that Fall release schedule by making the iPhone 5 available in late September. Since the manufacturing process is being accelerated for the iPhone 5S, the report adds that actual production could begin in the first quarter of 2013.