Update (9/3/13): It’s official, Apple is holding an event on September 10, likely to introduce the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.
Update (8/27/13): Owen Williams reports on his blog (via Gizmodo) that a source in charge of Apple’s Siri technology claims that iOS 7, the latest mobile operating system from Apple, will be made available on September 10 when the rumored iPhone 5S is expected to be announced.
Update (8/26/13): The iRumors just keep coming, as Clayton Morris of Fox News tweeted that the iPhone 5S will boast a dual-core, 64-bit A7 processing chip. According to Morris, the A7 64-bit chip will make the forthcoming handset around 31 percent faster than the current iPhone 5. However, International Business Times notes that the current version of iOS 7 is not built for a 64-bit chip. In addition, 9 to 5 Mac notes that the 64-bit processor could be in store for future models, and that if we don’t see a 64-bit A7 chip in the iPhone 5S, we should expect to see it in future Apple smartphones.
Clayton Morris also tweeted on Sunday that rumors point to a motion-tracking chip in the iPhone 5S. Motion tracking could bring gesture control features to the iPhone 5S, similar to the Samsung Galaxy lineup. IB Times also quotes Jony Ive, senior vice president of design at Apple, as stating his interest in “gesture technology,” pointing to the possibility of motion control in future iOS devices.
Update (8/23/13): Another leaked iPhone photo has surfaced, this time it’s of the iPhone 5C, the rumored budget iPhone expected to be announced by Apple this fall. The photo, courtesy of Sonny Dickson, features a plastic-looking blue iPhone alongside the alleged champagne-gold iPhone 5S. According to CNET, Dickson has been known to leak iRumors in the past via Twitter, but has now taken up a website, which houses galleries of leaked photos and videos of the potential new iPhone models.
Update (8/22/13): Weekly Ascii, a publication in Japan, has leaked photos of three alleged iPhone 5S handsets, in black, white, and the much rumored champagne-gold color. According to Engadget, the photos match previous leaked photos, with more finishing touches.
Update (8/19/13): The WSJ has spoken with sources that claim Apple has requested that its supplier, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, ship both a low-end and high-end device come September. Meanwhile, according to AllThingsD, a source close to Apple has reported that the Cupertino company does intend to release the much-rumored gold-colored iPhone. The phone will allegedly feature a white face with a gold back and edging. If both sources are correct, it seems the whispers of a budget iPhone and a gold iPhone 5S may be true.
Update (8/11/13): Apple will announce the new iPhone and perhaps its cheaper alternative at a special event on Tuesday, September 10, according to AllThingsD. If this date holds, expect the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5C to launch on Thursday, September 19, or Friday, September 20, given Apple’s history of quick turn around from announcement to release.
It’s that time of year again, when iPhone rumors start to gain traction, and leaked images make their way around the internet. As we head into the anticipated fall release of Apple’s latest smartphone, TechnologyGuide takes a close look at all the recent rumors and leaks to gain a clearer picture of exactly what Apple will announce.
It’s Probably Going to be the iPhone 5S
It seems safe to say that the next iPhone handset will be a reiteration of the iPhone 5 with some new features and better specs, rather than a complete overhaul, especially considering the amount of manpower Apple put into iOS 7. AllThingsD reported in May that the company had moved engineers from OS X 10.9 to work on iOS 7. This indicates Apple’s focus was on creating a shiny new operating system rather than a renovated handset. However, for anyone tired of the iPhone body, or its price tag, sources have suggested that Apple plans to release a lineup of cheaper and larger devices…. though, those rumors seem to pop up every time Apple releases a new iProduct.
Other sources have reported that Apple has figured out how to employ liquid metal, or Liquidmetal, in its smartphone designs. Liquidmetal is an advanced metal alloy featured in everything from industrial drill rigs to golf clubs, and is notable for its flexibility and durability. So the next iPhone could sport Liquidmetal elements.
The screen will probably remain the same as the iPhone 5, especially since developers are still working on updating apps and creating software for the recently upgraded 4-inch Retina display. It could feature new technology and rumors of a fingerprint scanner have made the rounds.
Update (8/16/13): Further evidence has emerged, suggesting the iPhone 5S will sport a fingerprint scanner. This time, the French blog Nowhereelse.fr (via Laptop Mag) has published hardware images showing off the next iPhone’s internals. Of note is the metal portion surrounding the home button, which now seems redesigned with more space, presumably for fingerprint scanner hardware.
Sources also suggest that Apple will release one or two new handsets with larger screens, but that they will be separate from the iPhone 5S. Reports suggest the devices will come in different colors and will feature a 4.7-inch and/or 5.7-inch screen, with a possible price tag of $99. This has left analysts curious as to whether or not Apple will attempt to break into the phablet market to better compete with Samsung.
Images of an upgraded camera on an alleged iPhone 5S have leaked, so it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if Apple upgrades the camera, which it typically does with each new iPhone anyway. However, the improvements could go beyond the suggested 13-megapixel sensor, since the images indicate Apple has changed the design of the camera. Brighthand reported that leaked images show a dual LED flash with different colors on the rear-facing camera of the iPhone 5S. This would increase photo quality by adjusting the color of the flash to suit the setting.
Images of what are supposedly the upgraded internals of the new device, suggest the iPhone 5S will feature an A6 processor, like the iPhone 5, but with quad-core SGX 554MP4 graphics and a faster clock speed. However, previous reports suggest the 5S will boast an A7 processor, but still sport 1GB of RAM, again, like the iPhone 5. Other leaked information points to the possibility of support for LTE-Advanced networks, which can be twice as fast as current 4G LTE networks.
Apple introduced the latest iteration of is mobile operating system, iOS 7, in June, and as developers pick apart the beta version, they have uncovered some more possible features. For example, motion control accessibility might allow users to operate their smartphone with their head. 9to5 Mac also reported that developers discovered a feature called “Mogul”, which might allow for video recording at a rate of 120 frames per second (the current iPhone records at 30 frames per second). It’s comparable to coding discovered in iOS 6 for panoramic photographs, which became available on the iPhone 5.
iPhone 5C (Update)
Two leaks have surfaced as of July 31, both supporting rumors of a cheap, plastic, and more colorful iOS handset, now “officially” dubbed the iPhone 5C. Unfortunately, one leak is the result of an extensive report on unfair working conditions at Pegatron, a Chinese Apple supplier.
A factory worker’s quote from the report states, “Today’s work is to paste protective film on the iPhone’s plastic back cover to prevent it from being scratched on assembly lines. This iPhone model with a plastic cover will soon be released on the market by Apple.” A video of the supposed iPhone 5C is currently on YouTube, and if it is accurate, the images support claims that we will see a low cost plastic device from Apple in the near future.
Boosting iPhone 5C rumors even further, the case maker Elago is currently advertising three iPhone 5C cases on Amazon. The photos on the listing feature a design similar to the iPhone 5, but with different volume buttons. Of course, some Amazon users could not hold back from posting sarcastic reviews of the alleged iPhone 5C case, which will be available August 30, according to the Amazon listing.