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  • iPhone 5S Test Build to Enter Production Soon


    Based on supply chain chatter and testimony from knowledgeable industry sources, Apple plans to begin production of preliminary test builds of the next generation iPhone.

    Expected to be called either iPhone 5S or iPhone 6, these test builds may begin surfacing sometime in March. Jefferies analyst Peter Misek is the latest well-known and credible industry analyst to weigh in on the matter. According to Misek, March is when the next-gen iPhone will enter production.

    This will lay the groundwork, Misek says, for a mass-market introduction of the new phone sometime in late spring or early summer. For months we've been hearing that Apple will not wait until fall 2013 to release the next iPhone. In fact, the 2013 calendar year may deliver more than one iPhone refresh.

    All told, two models will likely be tested inside of the next eight weeks. One will be a full-scale next generation refresh. The other will be a more modest, entry-level device similar to the iPad mini, Misek says.

    On rumors of an entry level iPhone, Misek said he expects a concentrated low-cost iPhone rather than a "cheap" one. Likely specs, according to Misek: polycarbonite case with 4" non-Retina display and no LTE. We believe a new low-cost iPhone would increase Apple's share, decrease GM, but have little impact on EPS.
    Despite shares of AAPL falling to $485 today, Misek maintains a Buy price target of $800.

    Source: StreetInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 5S Test Build to Enter Production Soon started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. Swatme101's Avatar
      Swatme101 -
      Okay, speculations and expectations are one thing, but seriously? A 4-inch NON-retina display? Do you know how dumb that is? I refuse to imagine that Apple would even think to do that. Every screen upgrade (and downgrade in iPad mini's case) at least made sense. They either doubled up or relied on an older version (iPad mini). A non-retina iPhone would not only be 3 years behind, but would cause SO much stress on devs. No one is creating with non-retina artwork anymore, and to extend to the extra pixels up would be ridiculous. It just makes no sense for Apple, and they won't do it.
    1. Mc-Lovin_341's Avatar
      Mc-Lovin_341 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Swatme101 View Post
      Okay, speculations and expectations are one thing, but seriously? A 4-inch NON-retina display? Do you know how dumb that is? I refuse to imagine that Apple would even think to do that. Every screen upgrade (and downgrade in iPad mini's case) at least made sense. They either doubled up or relied on an older version (iPad mini). A non-retina iPhone would not only be 3 years behind, but would cause SO much stress on devs. No one is creating with non-retina artwork anymore, and to extend to the extra pixels up would be ridiculous. It just makes no sense for Apple, and they won't do it.
      +1
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      So it's an iphone 4 that's not retina. C'mon apple what are you doing. Are you competing with Samsung galaxy s mini? Seems every company is making phones small bigger for old people you g people. Small people large people.
    1. Evaded's Avatar
      Evaded -
      Quote Originally Posted by Swatme101 View Post
      Okay, speculations and expectations are one thing, but seriously? A 4-inch NON-retina display? Do you know how dumb that is? I refuse to imagine that Apple would even think to do that. Every screen upgrade (and downgrade in iPad mini's case) at least made sense. They either doubled up or relied on an older version (iPad mini). A non-retina iPhone would not only be 3 years behind, but would cause SO much stress on devs. No one is creating with non-retina artwork anymore, and to extend to the extra pixels up would be ridiculous. It just makes no sense for Apple, and they won't do it.
      +1
    1. Spoooner's Avatar
      Spoooner -
      Quote Originally Posted by Swatme101 View Post
      Okay, speculations and expectations are one thing, but seriously? A 4-inch NON-retina display? Do you know how dumb that is? I refuse to imagine that Apple would even think to do that. Every screen upgrade (and downgrade in iPad mini's case) at least made sense. They either doubled up or relied on an older version (iPad mini). A non-retina iPhone would not only be 3 years behind, but would cause SO much stress on devs. No one is creating with non-retina artwork anymore, and to extend to the extra pixels up would be ridiculous. It just makes no sense for Apple, and they won't do it.
      I agree. Then i read and it said low cost iPhone. I thought.. Hmm, fair enough. Then i realised the target price was $800. low price my ***.
      This article is a right load of bull.
    1. GooseG's Avatar
      GooseG -
      Quote Originally Posted by Spoooner View Post
      I agree. Then i read and it said low cost iPhone. I thought.. Hmm, fair enough. Then i realised the target price was $800. low price my ***.
      This article is a right load of bull.
      Looks like you misread that. It's referring to stock share prices, not the price of the device.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Swatme101 View Post
      Okay, speculations and expectations are one thing, but seriously? A 4-inch NON-retina display? Do you know how dumb that is? I refuse to imagine that Apple would even think to do that. Every screen upgrade (and downgrade in iPad mini's case) at least made sense. They either doubled up or relied on an older version (iPad mini). A non-retina iPhone would not only be 3 years behind, but would cause SO much stress on devs. No one is creating with non-retina artwork anymore, and to extend to the extra pixels up would be ridiculous. It just makes no sense for Apple, and they won't do it.
      I'd agree with you if Steve Jobs was still leading Apple.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      low cost = cheap. stop trying to make it sound like this will be a high quality device.
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      Wow, I can't wait. The iPhone 5S will truly be revolutionary!
    1. Reymago23's Avatar
      Reymago23 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Swatme101 View Post
      Okay, speculations and expectations are one thing, but seriously? A 4-inch NON-retina display? Do you know how dumb that is? I refuse to imagine that Apple would even think to do that. Every screen upgrade (and downgrade in iPad mini's case) at least made sense. They either doubled up or relied on an older version (iPad mini). A non-retina iPhone would not only be 3 years behind, but would cause SO much stress on devs. No one is creating with non-retina artwork anymore, and to extend to the extra pixels up would be ridiculous. It just makes no sense for Apple, and they won't do it.
      agreed
    1. PoEtikly's Avatar
      PoEtikly -
      Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
      Wow, I can't wait. The iPhone 5S will truly be revolutionary!
      REVOLUTIONARY? Like the iPhone 5? Apple is so behind the 8 ball anymore the only thing I expect to see released with a 5s MAYBE are iPhones in different colors, siri says 3 new phrases, and even MORE BEEFED UP security so it can't be jb. Look at the pattern. But then again if I was apple I'd put as little effort into introducing new tech as well because they already know there will be mile long lines for days. WHY? Because for some Apple is a status symbol. "Omg, I have an iPhone I'm the cooooolest cat around."

      I've obviously gotten sick of paying close to a $1000 for a device I have to use like Apple tells me to. It's BS!
    1. scorpluto's Avatar
      scorpluto -
      Not one day passes without one rumor regarding the next model of iPhone. A bunch of them .
    1. Villebilly's Avatar
      Villebilly -
      I can picture a low cost iPhone coming with the newer model. The low cost one would basically be the 4 with a slightly different screen and ready to handle future versions of iOS (but without Siri). They could just lower the cost of the 4 but that wouldn't have the value of something labeled new. Many in the U.S. don't realize the demand for iPhone overseas and how it's a big deal to own an iPhone in Asia. But the price keeps many from buying.
    1. bbrks's Avatar
      bbrks -
      Ok, Apple was from the beginning a flag ship. Best phone ever, right. I am one of the idiots that agree whit this fact.
      So, what if, they figured it out, or just asking themselves, how many people are on this rotten world of ours, who would like to own an iPhone, but don't have the money to buy it. So, why don't give them a chance to buy something like iPhone, but with the price of max 199 $.
      How many millions would take that chance. What do you think????