20 Aug iPhone 5S And iPhone 5C Expected September 10
Excited to see what Apple has in store for its next iPhone? September will have your answer.
Citing unnamed sources, AllThingsD reported that Apple will reveal its next iteration of the iPhone on September 10. A September launch is further supported by a recent report in the Wall Street Journal, which states that assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry Company will begin shipping two Apple iPhone models (one premium, one economy) in early September at the request of Apple.
So what can you expect in these two new versions of the iPhone?
While the name isn’t official, it is expected that the new iPhone will be called the iPhone 5S (following Apple’s usual naming conventions), and will most likely feature updates to its camera, processor and perhaps even a fingerprint sensor which may be added to the Home button (following their purchase of AuthenTec last year).
The camera is expected to feature an improved f2.0 aperture camera with low-light performance, in addition to a dual LED flash to improve lighting capture. The processor will be upgraded from an A6 processor found in the iPhone 5 to an A7 processor, and as speculated by International Business Times Apple could be boosting the internal storage to 128GB as opposed to the usual 8, 16, 32 or 64 GB found in most smartphones.
One definite, is that the iPhone 5S will run on iOS 7, the completely revamped mobile operating system unveiled at Apple’s Developer conference in June this year. iOS 7 features a radically different design of the overall look of the mobile operating system, with the menus and app icons much more flat in design, a translucent keyboard and a ‘Today View’ in the notifications panel. In terms of features, iOS 7 improves notifications, multitasking and the camera app as well as adding some new features to Siri and changing the design of Safari. For more information about the features of iOS7 check out our post.
The iPhone 5S is expected to come in both black and white versions, with recent reports also speculating that it could be featured in a gold or champagne colour, to widen the appeal of the phone.
Along with the iPhone 5S, Apple is expected to announce a lower-priced iPhone to increase its market share in developing markets such as China and India. Apple’s market share has suffered of late due to the increasing popularity (and abundance of low cost) Android devices, with Samsung’s Galaxy range particularly popular. In fact, IDC’s latest estimate put Apple’s market share at 13.2 % for the second quarter, which is down from 16.6% in the same period the year before.
The cheaper iPhone could be called the iPhone 5C as speculated by some tech journalists (with the C standing for colour), and would most likely have a lower price tag by excluding some features found on the iPhone 5S such as Siri and reducing specs for it’s processor and camera and a smaller screen lacking Retina. One of the worst kept secrets of the iPhone 5C, however, is the plastic back plate, which is expected to come in a variety of colours such as red, green, blue and yellow.
In terms of the price tag for the iPhone 5C, we may find it sitting more around the $400 and $500 price tag as projected by KGI Securities analyst Mingchi Kuo in an Apple Insider report, which would put the iPhone 5C more as a mid-range smartphone. This would mean the iPhone 4S would probably assume the mantle of a budget iPhone. However, many others have speculated the iPhone 5C will in fact have similar specifications to the iPhone 4S, which would mean a cheaper phone.
What are your thoughts on the features Apple could include in the iPhone 5S?