Reportedly, iPhone 5S production has already started. Macotakara, a Japanese blog related to Apple products has posted that according to a reliable source, “partial production” of the new iPhone has begun. This also justifies the rumors that were swirling weeks ago, suggesting that iPhone 5S production will start in March this year.
Rumors also suggests that the new iPhone is produced on the same production line as of iPhone 5, which means there is not much change in the production process. Since, it’s a “S” version (like iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4S), we should not expect much hardware changes. Based on the reports, iPhone 5S will feature a better camera, a new Apple SoC chip, and a few minor upgrades.
Before you ask, it’s highly unlikely that it will have wireless charging capability. You’ll have to get a high-end Lumia smartphone or Galaxy S4 (if rumors are true) for wireless charging – at least till iPhone 6 is revealed. One reason (according to 9to5Mac) regarding why there won’t be wireless charging is – “the design changes to the aluminum shell to make wireless charging possible would need to be significant.”
By The Way, iOS 6.1.2 is Still Buggy!
That being said, iOS 6.1.2 is still not stable enough for end-users. iPhone and iPad users are having a hard time doing a few tasks, not to forget the terrible iOS Maps. Apple rolled out iOS 6.1 at the end of January, which brought a number of features to the iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone line-up – along with some frustrating bugs including 3G connectivity issues, abnormal battery drain and security bugs.
Since iOS 6.1, Apple has rolled out two minor updates to fix the issues. The latest, iOS version 6.1.2 is still buggy. Even after pushing two fixes, the battery drain issue lingers. This is basically a problem with Exchange (email client), which many users rely on. Although, there is a workaround, but it might not work for everyone. If you’re facing the issue, just go to Settings and turn off Contacts sync (not permanently). Wait for 10 seconds and turn it back on.
The security bug, which lets anyone bypass the lock screen using an exploit with the emergency call feature – is still there. Nonetheless, an update (v6.1.3) will be pushed really soon, probably till the end of March. Apart from the fixes we mentioned above, iOS 6.1.3 is also expected to block Evasi0n jailbreak. Bad news, fellas!
The iPhone 5S is expected to be announced around Q3 of 2013. If you’ve bought iPhone 5 recently, would you sell your iPhone to buy the new iPhone 5S at the end of this year? Let us know your views in comments below.