Avago Technologies, the manufacturer of the wireless chip embedded in the iPhone, is set to be preparing to start mass production in its plants.
A sign that was taken by analyst Maynard Um of Wells Fargo Securities as “signs of life” in Apple’s supply chain, and a likelihood that the smartphone will be released in September.
“Avago noted it is already seeing an initial ramp of a new product transition (we believe iPhone 5S) and expects a greater ramp in the following quarter (October quarter),” Um wrote in a note to investors. “We anticipate more positive supply chain news from Apple suppliers through the summer and as we get closer to product launch.”
A September launch seems to be in line with the statements made recently by Apple CEO Tim Cook who said that there will be no new products announced before September.
If Apple keeps tradition, the iPhone 5S could be officially presented in mid-September, and the official launch would take place nine days later.