Two separate rumours appeared today, each throwing a little more light on the upcoming iPhone 5S. The first suggested that production of the 5S will start ‘soon’, while the other suggested the new phone will feature many camera improvements, including a 12-MP sensor.
The production rumour came from an executive at Foxconn, who manufacture many Apple products in China; the company has recently started hiring again, and The Wall Street Journal spoke to one of their execs, who reportedly said the reason for this was:
“We have been very busy recently as we will start mass-producing the new iPhone soon.”
There have been many rumours about a summer launch for the iPhone 5S, and if the executive is correct this now seems more likely than ever. While we are still waiting for invites to be sent out for WWDC, it is expected that Apple will hold the conference at the start of June, as it has for several years. Until quite recently, WWDC was the platform Apple used to announce the new model of the iPhone, and if this production rumour is true timing suggests that it could be returning to a June announcement for the 5S this year.
The second rumour came from Tinhte.ve, a Vietnamese rumour site that, in the past, has shared several Apple prototypes that turned out to be products, including the new EarPods and the 4th-generation iPod touch.
According to the site, the next generation iPhone will feature a 12-megapixel camera sensor, as well as improved night shooting HDR modes. It has reportedly spoken to a source at Wonderful Saigon Electrics, which specialises in producing camera modules to Apple. The ‘S’ iteration of the iPhone line have previously featured improved cameras – the iPhone 4S featured an 8-MP sensor compared to the iPhone 4’s 5-MP camera, so a jump from the iPhone 5’s 8-MP sensor makes sense.