The iPhone 5, which was released in September 2012, has been quite successful for Apple, selling over 27 million units in three months and quickly becoming the world's best-selling smartphone. Leaks surrounding the phone's successor, rumored to be called the iPhone 5S, have already been filling up the internet. Here are some key rumors about the iPhone 5S release date, features, specs, and hardware that we think we'll see in the next iPhone.
1. It Will Probably Come With iOS 7
Historically, new iPhone devices come with an upgraded mobile operating system, designed and engineered by Apple and dubbed "iOS." Most recently, the iPhone 5 came with iOS 6, even though iOS 6 was introduced in WWDC 2012 (Apple's annual developer conference, which took place in June). While we might get some glimpses of iOS 7, don't expect the software update to be available to the public until the iPhone 5S is.
2. The iPhone 5S Could Come In as Early as May...or as Late as September
Rumors surrounding the impending iPhone 5S release date have been varied, to put it mildly. Everyone from Wall Street analysts to tech bloggers and journalists to avid Apple fans have been commenting on when the iPhone 5S could be released, but most reports have been varied. However, most reports indicate that the iPhone 5S should be released sometime between May and September 2013.
3. It May Have A New Processor
Reports indicate that Apple is working on an updated processing chip to include in the iPhone 5S. The chip, called the A6X, has already been implemented in the iPad 4, which was introduced last October during the unveiling of the iPad Mini. The unveiling of the A6X chip, less than a month after the iPhone 5 was released (with an A6 chip), threw Apple off their usual cycle. It would make sense that the iPhone 5S will catch up to already-existing products like the iPad 4.
4. Steve Jobs Designed This iPhone (and the Next One, Too)
According to a recent report, Steve Jobs actually developed the next two iPhone devices, most likely the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 6. In a recent meeting in San Francisco, DA George Gascon revealed that an Apple government liaison told him that the design for the next two Apple iPhone's couldn't be changed because the development "preceded Tim Cook" and his reign as Apple CEO, meaning that the devices were developed under Jobs.
There have been rumblings of a larger iPhone on the horizon. The iPhone 5 bumped up the screen size from 3.5 inches in the iPhone 4S to 4 inches in the iPhone 5. However, its more likely that Apple will save some major design changes for the iPhone 6, which is also rumored to be coming out in 2013. Apple may make some small tweaks, but the design most likely won't be vastly different than the iPhone 5.
5. It May Have One Game-Changing Feature To Differentiate It From The Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S4 in a media event in New York City last week, and it looks like competing companies, like Apple and Google, are preparing some game-changing features in some upcoming devices to make sure consumers don't purchase the S4. No word on the "game-changing" feature Apple is currently working on, but the iPhone 4S had Siri, so you can expect a similarly innovative feature.
6. It Will Probably Cost Around $200
Apple makes an effort to try and keep the price of its devices affordable for most people, even though its extremely difficult for the Cupertino-based tech giant to do so because most of the devices Apple produces are packed with state-of-the-art hardware features. However, the company should maintain the same price point as previous iPhone's and keep the price at $200 (with a 2-year contract).
7. There Could be a 128 GB Model
In February 2013, Apple released the first 128 GB iPad, making it the largest iPad ever in terms of storage size. With Apple slowly becoming a device for businesses as well as the average consumer, Apple could benefit from adding extra storage space for users who use their devices frequently and prefer to store files, movies, and images on their actual phones instead of cloud-based storage services like iCloud and Dropbox.
8. The iPhone 5S May Not Have a Retina-Screen
According to AllThingsD, Apple is considering using IGZO displays in future iOS devices, instead of the much-discussed Retina Screen. The IGZO display, developed by SHarp, uses only a fraction of the energy needed compared to other traditional LCD screens. Not only can the IZGO screen double the resolution of standard LCD screens, but can save up to 90 percent of the power. A more efficient screen is something that Apple is undoubtable interested in, which leads us to think that Apple could get rid of it's Retina Screen in upcoming iOS devices.
9. It Could be the One of Three New iPhones in 2013
Most reports show that Apple is planning on adding three new iPhones this year, moving away from the annual refresh the company has used since the first iPhone. In addition to the iPhone 5S, rumors hint at an iPhone 6 coming out in 2013, as well as a cheaper iPhone 5 model for developing nations. Apple has noticed that emerging markets like India and China are opting for cheaper devices like the Google Nexus 4 instead of the iPhone because of the large price difference. With a cheaper model, rumored to be made out of plastic instead of the more expensive aluminum body, Apple can improve its market share in developing nations.
10. The iPhone 5S Could Rejuvinate Apple's Stock
Remember the huge hype the iPhone 5 had back in the summer of 2012? Almost every post on tech blogs and websites was about the impending release of the iPhone 5. Apple is hoping that this summer will be dominated by news, rumors, and leaks about the iPhone 5S. As you can see from Apple's stock price, the company's stock price soared in the months preceding the release of the iPhone 5. With Apple's stock slumping, the once-dominant tech giant is banking on the media hyping up the iPhone 5S can result in some improvement in the company's stock price.