Apple Rumored to Begin Trial Production of iPhone 5S Allan Schroeder November 12, 2012 Digitimes is reporting that Apple (AAPL) is slated to initiate trial production of the iPhone 5S in December with production volumes limited to 50,000 to 100,000 units. The report which originated from the Chinese language site The Commercial Times, also goes on to say that full production should begin as early as the 1st quarter 2013 with an iPad 5 to come the following quarter. “Facing low yield rates in the production of iPhone 5, Apple has accelerated the certification processes for related parts and components for the iPhone 5S.” Both the Digitimes and The Commercial Times have spotty records at best when predicting rumours related to Apple, but this rumour comes out at an interesting time. Apple is having problems with the iPhone 5 and just announced the iPad 4 last month. Apple has held the iPhone to an annual product cycle, traditionally releasing the iPhone during the second quarter, but broke that pattern last year with the announcement of the iPhone 4S in September. Early production of an iPhone 5S could return the iPhone to the original schedule. Currently, these are unfounded rumours at best, but could potentially hurt Apple sales if consumers now consider skipping the plagued iPhone 5 and wait for its successor. Share This With The World!