Report conflicts with other rumors, reflects late-summer release
As talk of the next iPhone model -- which will arrive in June, July, or August depending on which supplier report one wants to believe -- heats up, rumors and reports from component suppliers and other sources often contradict each other on timetables. This confusion reinforces Apple CEO Tim Cook's statements that any one bit of information -- even if true -- was unlikely to provide the proper context given Apple's complex supply chain. That said, a source in Japan has reported that Sharp will be ramping up display units for the iPhone 5S next month.
Previe of Ive-redesigned iOS, low-cost model possible
A new rumor from Japan echoes previous speculation that the next iPhone -- presumably the "iPhone 5S" -- may be formally announced at a special event on Thursday, June 20. MacFan, currently celebrating its 20th anniversary as a Mac enthusiast site, claims that the new model will go on sale in July, a few weeks after its introduction. According to the report, a "low-cost" version of the iPhone aimed at the larger larger pre-paid market in developing countries such as China and India may debut in August.
Widely reported as Foxconn photos, more likely to be knockoffs
A set of photos that appeared on a Chinese website and were subsequently claimed to be the "iPhone 5S" in a number of tech outlets are almost certainly hoaxes, say experts from iFixIt.com and elsewhere. Much more likely is the idea that the images come from a China-based "iClone" producer, though there are still some who think they could be the long-rumored "cheaper iPhone" using inferior parts and assembly techniques to compete with lower-grade smartphones.
Full production to start Q1 if rumor is true
Apple is allegedly preparing to trial production of a follow-up to the iPhone 5 in December, according to rumors. The initial production of what could be called the iPhone 5S suggests that Apple may be changing its release schedule to favor a more rapid iteration of the company's flagship product, matching the short update period that the iPad went through.