Production of Apple’s iPhone 5S will begin this month, ready for an autumn launch alongside the rumoured budget model.
According to AllThingsD and Jeffries analyst Peter Misek, the next-generation iPhone 5S’ production will ramp up later in the month, joining the much-rumoured, low-cost iPhone that’s already in production. Both models are expected to be unveiled, along with the public release of iOS 7, later on in the year.
With leaks of possible iPhone 5S parts already making their way out into the wild, this report seems fairly accurate, although previous rumours suggests that supply of the iPhone 5S may be constrained on launch due to low yields of the fingerprint sensor which will apparently feature in the next-gen model.
Misek also notes that Apple’s much-rumoured budget iPhone will retail for somewhere around $300-$400, without a subsidy, suggesting that the Cupertino company isn’t looking to compete with the low-cost Android devices that have proved popular in developing markets.
MacRumors notes that similar reports about an increased production of the iPhone 5 also appeared around this time last year.