Apple’s iPhone 5S Reportedly Enters Production

Early Wednesday morning, the buzz across the tech blogosphere was born of news out of the far east overnight, which suggests that production of Apple’s next iPhone – the iPhone 5S – has officially begun at China’s Foxconn facilities.

Macotakara, the popular Japanese Apple blog, indicates that the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S are being produced on the sames assembly lines. This is made possible by the fact that both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S are identical in terms of their frame and basic design components.

The internal attributes separate the models, say sources close to the production process. In recent weeks, it’s been rumored that the iPhone 5S will deliver a faster processor, better camera, NFC technology, fingerprint sensor and more.

A growing contingency of analysts and market watchers believe that Apple will formally unveil its next iPhone refresh in late spring or early summer.