Partners in Apple's supply chain are gearing up for mass production of the iPhone 5S later this month, claims Jefferies & Company analyst Peter Misek. He forecasts shipments of 25 to 30 million units by the end of the September quarter, when the device is expected to launch. December-quarter shipments are meanwhile expected to shoot up to between 50 and 55 million.
Like the iPhone 4S, the 5S is generally anticipated to be a refinement of its predecessor instead of a major overhaul. That includes upgrades to a faster processor, and a better camera paired with a dual-LED flash. One question mark is whether the 5S will be the first Apple device to incorporate the fingerprint scanning technology it acquired through AuthenTec.