Interest is obviously very high in the hotly anticipated iPhone 5S and Chinese publication Commercial Times added fuel to the rumor fire recently by reporting that the manufacture of Apple iPhone 5S test units was to start by December of this year.
Further rumors have now been picked up from the Commercial Times publication following a translation from the Chinese language by Google. It has speculated that the Surface Pro, the top-of-the-range tablet for business consumers from Microsoft will go into mass production. Knowledge of the Surface Pro has been around for a while and it is generally anticipated that it will be released at the start of next year; most particularly in the first two months. The publication has also rumored that the Xbox Surface gaming tablet will also go into mass production at the same time.
We know quite a bit about the Surface Pro already and it is simply a case of waiting for the release date. We know the tablet will be priced at around nine hundred dollars or so and that it will have a bigger screen with better resolution than the ARM-powered Surface RT. There will also be increased storage space. If the rumors that the Commercial Times are stoking are true and mass production is about to commence, it’s probably safe to safe that we’ll see a release date in early 2013.
In contrast to what we know about the Surface Pro, we know precious little about the Xbox Surface as this has not yet been confirmed by the company. We do however have a number of rather credible rumors sourced from The Verge. According to The Verge, the Xbox Surface will be equipped with an independently run ARM processor and will be 7 inches in size. The screen is though to have a 1,280 x 720 pixel resolution. It is also thought to have the ability to have up to four wireless game controllers.
Sounds like (if the rumors are true of course!) a big start to the year for Microsoft.