The ever vigilant DigiTimes, in a brief post, says that the Chinese-language Commercial Times says that "Apple is expected to begin trial production of a new version of its iPhone 6, or iPhone 5S, in December with initial production volumes likely to top 50,000-100,000 units."
They should have stopped there. But the post continued, "while the speculated iPhone 5S is expected to enter volume production in the first quarter of 2013, Apple is also likely to release a new version of iPad a quarter later than the iPhone 5S, since the display resolution of its latest version of iPad has come out lower than expected, the [Commercial Times] paper added."
The timeline is confusing, freely mixing manufacturing, announcement and release schedules. And it makes it sound as if Apple was taken by surprise at the new iPad's display resolution -- apparently referring to the iPad mini, which has a lower resolution compared to the full-size iPad -- and tried to make a silk purse from a sow's ear.
But apparently it wasn't confusing for International Design Times, which leaped to the Obvious Conclusion faster than an LTE iPhone.
"Forget the iPhone 5, Apple's seventh-generation iPhone is already in development, according to the latest rumors out of China where the device is manufactured," a "staff reporter" posted. "Wether it's called the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 or something else, it looks like Apple's redesigned smartphone could hit stores early next year."
RegHardware.com, a website of U.K.-based The Register, dug a little deeper, linking to a money.chinatimes.com post, which may or not be the original Commercial Times rumor, and attempted to translate it.
The result was a bit...odd.
Here's the Google Translate rendering of the opening of the China Times rumor: "Apple against Samsung quietly trial production, December edition iPhone (rumored iPhone5S) of 5 to 10 million units in the first trial production point of view, forecast massive shipment of the first quarter of next year. The industry pointed out that Apple's new machine together, the new version of the iPhone, iPad and iTV in the first half of next year will be launched, including in low-priced products are also expected to debut, breaking Apple over the years, the practice of the year a new machine."