While DigiTimes is spreading the rumor this morning that there's a trial production of a new version of Apple's iPhone 5 being readied for a Q1 2013 launch, a more realistic assessment of this rumor surfaced from China Times News that presents it in the light of it being propaganda.
The China Times is reporting this morning that "the supply chain industry in Taiwan pointed out that, when the iPhone5 market demand has not yet been met, outgoing iPhone 5S trial production, are people who deliberately put the news with intent to disturb the market."
Last week we questioned if the timing of Dan Crow's Guardian article was part of a well-orchestrated marketing war against Apple and even Rob Enderle wrote on Sunday about Apple's Brand was being systematically destroyed overtly by Samsung and covertly by Microsoft.
The bottom line is that Apple wouldn't be rushing the next iteration of the iPhone to market for Q1 2013 as it would be the equivalent of shooting themselves in the head. No, this is pure propaganda using the familiar FUD ("Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt") tactic. Customers in Asia that may not be familiar with this age old tactic might fall for this, but most will see this rumor for what it is: Pure Propaganda.