iPhone 5 weekly news: iPhone 5S release date rumors, iOS 6.0.1, accessories, sales, WhatsApp Messenger and more

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Reports of an iPhone 5S release date in 2013 appeared on Tuesday, with production rumored to have already started.

Sales of the iPhone 5 and iPad mini have proved to be higher than previous estimates, according to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty.

iPhone 5 ship time has been reduced from “3 – 4 weeks” to “2 – 3 weeks” at Apple’s online store for all models including the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions of black and white.

The WhatsApp Messenger app with iPhone 5 support has been made available in the App Store.

iPhone 5 display support was also included in new Skype update.

The recently-released iOS 6.0.1 has posed problems to some users who have complained about not being able to sync their devices to the iTunes.

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Two Lightning-compatible speaker docks were unveiled by JBL, offering compatibility with the iPhone 5, the iPad Mini, the new iPod range and the updated 4th generation iPad.

Credit: JBL

Credit: JBL

Cases for the new iPhone were put up by Sparx, Golden Dreams, Shapeways and Speck.

Olloclip sells a new 3-in-1 lens kit for the iPhone 5 that includes a fisheye, wide angle and macro lens.

If you’re not interested in cases or kits, maybe a handcrafted new look will work for you.

An iPhone 5 user found a way to turn the scratches and scuffs on his new device into a gain.

Chris from Braeburn Acoustics took a black and a white iPhone 5 and made a cross between the two devices.

iPhone 5 steel replica looks very much like the original model, but paper touchscreen coughs it up.

An iPhone 5 model was made out of a steel plate that was cut and polished according to the device’s dimensions.

Of course, comparisons between the iPhone 5 and other devices were also presented.

A detailed parallel between the handset and the Nokia Lumina 920 was made by iMore and a comparison between the BlackBerry 10 and the iPhone was posted on Indian site BBin.

Finally, Citizen announced the release of the new Eco-Drive Proximity Watch that has been created to work with the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.