Apple suppliers step up iPhone 5 production

Since the launch of iOS 5 and the non-appearance of the iPhone 5, all has been quiet in regard to Apple's next generation smartphone. Until now that is.

According to the DigiTimes, Taiwan-based companies included in the supply chain for Apple products have begun to prepare materials for the production of both the iPhone 5 and the iPad 3. The latter being somewhat surprising, as it's not expected until around March or April 2012. Unless the device is being brought forward a little. There was a rumour of it landing before Christmas – the news from the Far East certainly adds weight to this. Don't add it to your Christmas list just yet, but if you fancy an iPad upgrade, you might want to sit tight and see what happens. If it does appear, it's likely to have the high-res Retina display that was half-expected in the last Apple tablet.

But before then, we should see an iPhone 5. DigiTimes claims the iPhone 5 is looking good for a September launch, with a shelf date of October based on the supplier information. The sources pointed out that Apple has been planning the new iPhone for some time, while the iPad 3 has just recently been added to the production schedule, with both down to be produced in small volumes in August. 'Volume' production is down for September and October.

If you love your Apple gear, now might be a good time to start saving. You'll need plenty of cash to stay an early adopter.

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