1. fmflex's Avatar
    So the Chinese are claiming that Apple will be releasing the iPhone 5s and iPad (5th gen) in the 1st half of next year! Apparently iPhone 5s test production is under way.

    That's insane!

    What will you do if Apple switches to a 6 month release cycle?
    11-12-2012 08:41 AM
  2. kch50428's Avatar
    What will you do if Apple switches to a 6 month release cycle?
    Nothing. Keep using my 4S until my contract is up, or I can spring for full retail.
    ThePinkChameleon and cwbcpa like this.
    11-12-2012 08:45 AM
  3. Fausty82's Avatar
    Way too early for that much hype... let’s wait and see what actually happens, shall we?
    Guacho likes this.
    11-12-2012 09:22 AM
  4. txladi29's Avatar
    I like my 4. It works really well. No new adapters, cables, or cases required. Until the slow down with the product releases or my phone breaks, I'm good.
    11-12-2012 09:41 AM
  5. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    At this rate, they'll put out more devices than Android...(smirk)...I'll believe it when I see it.
    11-12-2012 09:46 AM
  6. Ipheuria's Avatar
    I saw that and consider me highly skeptical on it. They might be doing some early testing to make sure that the people in the factory know the assembly process or to get even more test time. Everyone is scared now because of the iPad 3 & iPad 4 but that is a little different in the fact that the iPad 3 didn't have a fully global LTE chip and it wasn't using the lightening connector. There is no reason to release the next model of iPhone other than to get their release cycle set. The iPhone moved from a summer to fall release. The iPad may move to fall also because of the new iPad. The mini is also a fall release too so they need something spaced out throughout the entire year. The can't release iPad 5 in spring people would revolt. So perhaps it's iPhone in the spring, something in the summer and then iPads(full size and Mini) in the fall.
    11-12-2012 10:27 AM
  7. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    The original source for those reports does have a reputation for being reliable.
    11-12-2012 10:35 AM
  8. Relletti's Avatar
    A couple articles I've been reading are saying they are starting the production in December. So they might just be starting to do the testing then production. Whatever it is when my contract is up I will be checking it out.

    11-12-2012 10:50 AM
  9. Guacho's Avatar
    no difference for me if Apple releases a 5S in six months, I'll skip it..
    11-12-2012 11:18 AM
  10. RescueEMT911's Avatar
    I read this also on CNet about a new Iphone 5S coming out in early 2013..To be honest I think that if they do these upgrades so quickly, people are not going to be so fast bothering to upgrade anymore. After reading this, I for one have my upgrade available in Jan 2013, I was all excited to get the Iphone 5 after Christmas, but knowing this information now, I for one am going to stay with my Iphone 4 (which is less than a year old) until it dies, or the Iphone 5S comes out. Learning this information really takes the "excitement" out of getting a new phone! I mean lets say the 5S comes out in March or April, even if I want a Iphone 5, I will prob. be able to get that phone for like $99.00 then! darn they really ruined my AFTER Christmas present to myself
    11-12-2012 12:41 PM
  11. richard_rsp's Avatar
    I can KIND of understand why Apple would maybe want to release the 5s early, but they need to watch out. Leaving this impression that the next generation is only 6 months ahead would likely cause more people to wait out their contracts and "hold-off" for the next big thing.

    As for reasons that I could see Apple wanting to release a iPhone 5s: As the article says, production problems. This is likely due to the scratching issues on the Aluminum backs - they likely want to switch to another material that wont scratch as easily. I would think that this has slowed production times (due to the care it takes to assemble without scratching the case).

    Additionally, with the 20% increase in cost that Samsung is charging for the chipsets, I would assume that Apple would want to integrate their own chipset (like the iPad 4) into the next iPhone to save cost. (Samsung hikes processor fabrication prices on Apple by 20% | iMore.com) The sooner the better, im sure.

    Finally, I wouldnt be surprised to see a slightly larger iPhone 5s with NFC. Whether you like it or not, there are a decent number of people who were not impressed by the iPhone5' s 4" screen and would like to have something wider as well. Now that the aspect is at 16:9, this should be easy, with only a slight sacrifice in pixel density.

    All of these items seem "reactive" instead of "proactive"; not very apple-esq. I am hoping they are just making up for a slump and will get back on track soon.
    11-12-2012 01:01 PM
  12. qbnkelt's Avatar
    I hadn't jumped on the iP5 yet, and was waiting for a Christmas present to myself...my upgrade comes Dec 21st. Reading this, I'm not sure what to do now.
    11-12-2012 01:51 PM
  13. chobbs1's Avatar
    I, too, will skip the 5s
    11-12-2012 02:35 PM
  14. Peligro911's Avatar
    I have a plenty of upgrades and could sell my 5 for more than i paid and make a profit from upgrading but it would have to be worth it to go to all the trouble of selling to buy
    Can't say for sure or not I would upgrade
    11-12-2012 02:53 PM
  15. Peligro911's Avatar
    I also think apple needs to be able to meet demand of there current products (iPhone 5 ) still can't really walk into a carrier or apple and walk out with the model you want to buy
    11-12-2012 02:55 PM
  16. Jrome.brooks's Avatar
    Keep using my 4s got way to many equipment that I'm using right now to switch and the phone is still up to par with the latest smartphones without 4g

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    11-12-2012 03:13 PM
  17. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Keep using my 4s got way to many equipment that I'm using right now to switch and the phone is still up to par with the latest smartphones without 4g

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    My 17 year old daughter told me that she was not interested in the iPhone 5 and wanted me to replace her iPhone 4 with a 4S. She doesn't care about the latest specs and stuff of that nature. I just shook my head and agreed to get her what she prefers.
    11-12-2012 03:46 PM
  18. Jrome.brooks's Avatar
    ^^ smart girl

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    11-12-2012 03:50 PM
  19. 0pusX's Avatar
    I am about 3 days into my switch to the 5 from 4S. Honestly, other than the increase is processing speed, I dont think its worth the $$ to switch. The slightly bigger screen is better BUT several apps (including iMore forums app) are still not using the full screen. The LTE is nice, but I dont download files on my phone so its not really a huge advantage to have it.

    However, as of right now I am going to keep my iPhone 5 just because I feel I will be able to sell it for a decent price if/when a new iPhone 5s comes out, rather than try to sell a 16GB iPhone 4S when it will be 2 models old. I just sold my iPhone 4S 16GB for $375 so I feel I made a decent price on that.
    11-12-2012 04:46 PM
  20. cardfan's Avatar
    iOS 7 (or new versions) and new iphone launches go together. Won't have one without the other. So think about how iOS announcements and beta periods work. I think a spring/early summer iphone launch makes a lot of sense to get it out of the fall lineup. The ipads are now where they should be.

    I don't anticipate wanting to sell my iphone 5 over it.
    11-12-2012 05:32 PM
  21. Exxod's Avatar
    Highly doubt it. They can't even catch up to the demand for the iP5, nearly two months after its release.
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    11-12-2012 05:43 PM
  22. big9erfan's Avatar
    Really doubt it will happen. We'll see it in September
    11-12-2012 06:27 PM
  23. anon(536616)'s Avatar
    Of course we don't know for sure, but I expect nothing before June of 2013. Could be that we'll get back to June releases. Who knows, the iPad (4) kind of came early out of nowhere.
    11-12-2012 08:29 PM
  24. LCW's Avatar
    I'm skeptical this would ever happen unless it's more a Rev B mid cycle release like Apple has done with Macs in the past... The 5 does have its issues but I wouldn't expect a full redesign. It already has lightning and fast processor - unlike the iPad 3... which the iPad 4 resolved... But who knows... Maybe more of a "quiet" update like how the iPad 2 got the 32nm A5 processor...

    If Apple releases stuff too randomly I think it might end up hurting them more than helping them...
    11-12-2012 09:27 PM
  25. jngmin00's Avatar
    I think they won't release iphone 5s in 6 months because ipad 4g was just a update, not a big change. If apple is going to release iphone 5s, not 6, they would rather release it on 2013 quarter 3 or 4
    11-12-2012 11:15 PM
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