It's early still in 2014 and the first mur­murs of Ap­ple's new flag­ship phone are start­ing to trickle in.

Though Ap­ple re­mains chara­ter­is­ti­cally silent about the new phone, Reuters has trans­lated a Com­mer­cial Times re­port say­ing that one of the com­pany's man­u­fac­tur­ing part­ners in China, Pe­ga­tron, is open­ing up new fac­tory space and re­cruit­ing work­ers to start on the new phone, mean­ing the pro­duc­tion could po­ten­tially be­gin in the next few weeks. No sources have been named and Ap­ple has re­fused to com­ment on this; so ru­mours are fly­ing thick and fast, which is ex­actly the way Ap­ple likes it. There is spec­u­la­tion that the de­vice, ex­pected to be head and shoul­ders above the iPhone 5S, might go into pro­duc­tion in the sec­ond quar­ter of the year and be launched in Septem­ber 2014. Ap­plein­sider also re­cently re­ported that Ap­ple has been granted a patent for a wire­less iPhone cam­era re­mote con­trol, which has a built-in dis­play. With this de­vice you can pre­view and re­view pho­tos, click pic­tures, record videos, play back and switch cam­era modes, through a Blue­tooth or Wi-fi con­nec­tion. Gad­get gu­rus are still de­bat­ing on when (if at all) we will see this new fea­ture.

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