iPhone 5S, iPad 5 release date rumors point to mid-2013

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Citing unnamed market observers, DigiTimes reports that Apple suppliers will enjoy a strong 1st quarter of next year.

According to the report:

“Apple is expected to introduce its next-generation iPad and iPhone series around the middle of 2013 … Component orders placed by Apple, which climbed to high levels prior to the iPhone 5 rollout, will rise again between March and April, the observers indicated.”

The site also states that component orders are likely to rise between March and April of next year, which may be an indicator that a new product is prepared.

Last week, DigiTimes reported that Apple is rumored to begin “trial” production of the iPhone 5S next month.

Trial production of the new smartphone was rumored to begin in December with an initial volume between 50,000 and 100,000 units.