Thursday 7 March 2013

iPhone 5S production underway at Foxconn, will feature ‘Smart Flash’ and fingerprint reader

Apple fiends, here’s your iPhone fix for today. Word is, production of the next-gen iPhone 5S is already underway at Foxconn. According to Macotakara, Foxconn is currently busy producing the Apple iPhone 5S, which has a lot of similarities in design with the iPhone 5. Macotakara’s sources said not many changes are needed from existing iPhone 5 blueprints for the production of this device and both models can be run on the same assembly line.

As far as the launch of the iPhone 5S is concerned, a June-July timeline is being talked about. Jefferies' analyst Peter Misek said in January that he expected the production of the successor to the Apple iPhone 5 to start in March, followed by a launch in June and July.

Apple seems to have struck a design formula for the S refreshes of the iPhone. When going from the iPhone 4 to 4S, the company retained the design of the predecessor and the same seems to be the case for the iPhone 5S. It is a logical step, considering Apple wouldn’t have increased the screen size so soon after their first foray into 4-inch devices. Making big changes in the size and design of the phone would have also made the iPhone 5 slightly dated.

However, that doesn’t mean Apple isn’t updating the internals of the phone. A faster A7 processor is expected to be powering the device, along with an improved camera on the rear. The camera lens may get a "Smart Flash" option that uses white and yellow LED lights in conjunction to improve colour representation and the quality of low-light pictures.

Additionally, Macotakara’s report suggests NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest carrier, might start carrying the Apple iPhone 5S next year for the first time. The carrier has reduced its orders for Android phones in next fall, leading analysts and rivals to believe that the next-gen iPhone might be floated out on the DoCoMo network.

Earlier this week, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities mentioned that the iPhone 5S will feature a fingerprint reader. This isn’t the first time a fingerprint reader and an iPhone have been mentioned in the same breath. In the build-up to the iPhone 5 launch, a YouTube video surfaced showing the home button doubling up as a fingerprint scanner. Needless to say, the video was fake.

The KGI analyst also expects to see a cheaper version of the Apple iPhone 5 launching this June. He says it will have a fibre-glass and plastic body that will add heft and weight to the current version of the handset. The cheaper iPhone may use a chipset that will work on China Mobile's TD-SCDMA network, one of the world's largest carriers.

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