Just 48 hours after the iPhone 5s and 5c are announced and new images of the alleged iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 have been pictured together for the first time, showing an extreme similarity in design.
There’s always one, and this year its carrier China Telecom who briefly indicated that it was accepting reservations for Apple’s iPhone 5S and 5C before the official launch on the 20th September.
Judging from leaked product shots, the iPhone 5S won’t offer much in the way of external changes, but Apple’s next smartphone could be a 64-bit powerhouse under the hood.
CNET summarises a report [Google translation] from prominent Japanese business newspaper Nikkei claiming that both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will launch in Japan on Friday, September 20, ten days after the devices are expected to be unveiled at an Apple media event.
Apple’s upcoming iPhone will indeed be called the iPhone 5S, according to a new report from Macotakara, which also makes several claims regarding specifics of the model that is now expected to debut in September.
First, the report suggests that a third color option beyond black or white will in fact be offered — a gold iPhone 5S, matching prior component leaks.
Second, the rounded square icon seen on all prior iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad Home Buttons may be removed for this model, due to inclusion of a fingerprint sensor.
A report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via 9to5Mac) suggests that the new button will be slightly convex, and made from sapphire, a switch from the concave plastic in prior Home Buttons.
Third, it’s claimed that the iPhone 5S camera will be improved with a faster f/2.0 lens to increase light gathering capabilities, but the sensor will stay at 8-Megapixels; reports have differed on whether the sensor would jump in megapixel count this time.
A separate leak (via AppleInsider) also appears to confirm that the new camera will include a dual-LED flash system.
Update: KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has offered accurate information on Apple’s upcoming product plans numerous times, has issued a new research note claiming that the iPhone 5S will also be available as a larger 128 GB storage.
The new iPhone will be announced at an event on 10th September, at least thats according to AllThingsD – a publication that is frequently fed accurate advance details on upcoming product releases by Apple.
AllThingsD says that the event will focus on the “update it has in store for the current iPhone”, but doesn’t definitively rule in or out an unveiling of the well-documented but still unannounced low-cost iPhone.
“Naturally, any new phones will be running iOS 7″, the report notes – suggesting that the public release of the operating system first shown in June will also take place in September.
An image posted on Chinese site WeiPhone appears to show plastic retail packaging marked with the name “iPhone 5C”. If the packaging is genuine, and it has not yet been confirmed to be, it could be for Apple’s long-rumoured plastic iPhone. The image was first noticed by French site Nowhereelse.fr.
Korean site ETNews.com has reported that Apple will be discontinuing production of the iPhone 5 in the Autumn – instead putting all of its efforts towards the iPhone 5S and the rumoured entry-level plastic iPhone.
Apple has been presumed to be discontinuing the iPhone 4 and 4S in order to make way for an all-Lightning iPhone lineup, allowing Apple to standardise around its latest connection standard and phase out the older 30-pin connector standard with the possible exception of the iPod classic – which has not been updated in a number of years. The fate of the current iPhone 5 has, however, not been the subject of much discussion as it has remained unclear whether the new lineup of iPhone 5S and plastic iPhone would leave room for Apple to continue offering an iPhone 5 model.
Today’s report claims that the in-cell technology used on the iPhone 5’s touchscreen is “not suitable for low-volume production”, contributing to Apple’s decision to stop production on the phone and focus all of its efforts toward producing parts for newer products. The iPhone 5 and 5S are, however, expected to share nearly identical display technology although leaked photos have a shown a change to the orientation of the flex cable connectors on the display assemblies.
The iPhone 5S is reportedly scheduled to begin production later this month, with both that device and the lower cost iPhone rumoured for launch in the September-October timeframe.
Over the past several weeks, a number of leaks about Apple’s rumored lower-cost plastic iPhone have surfaced, including design drawings from a case maker and photos of alleged rear shells in a number of bright colors. Based on these leaks, earlier this week we released our own high-resolution renderings showing what the device might look like in its entirety.
Techdy now reports that it has gotten its hands on what it believes to be legitimate front and rear parts for this lower-cost plastic iPhone, offering the first good look at how the device will appear fully assembled.
There’s been a lot of conversation around the new design language Apple introduced for iOS 7 at WWDC. Some feel it’s modern and fresh while others loathe the brighter palette and simpler, flatter icons.
A lot can change between now and the launch of iOS 7 this autumn, but if Apple’s recent trademark filing is any indication, FaceTime’s new icon fits within the aesthetic we saw at the WWDC announcement.