Update (17-May-2013): New high-res images of iPhone 5S’s leaked components show up on BGR. Take a look.
Update (01-May-2013): A leaked document (purportedly) seems to point out that the iPhone 5S might be announced on June 20. A July release expected. Check this out.
Update (24-April-2013): Apple’s CEO Cook indicates that Apple’s gearing up for a fall release for iPhone 5S. Here’s more.
Update (23-April-2013): Latest report from The Telegraph suggest that releas of iPhone 5S may be delayed until September-2013. Read more on it.
Update (03-Apr-2013):The iPhone 5S could launch in July/August if fresh reports about iOS 7′s schedule are to be believed.
According to Jefferies analyst, Peter Misek, Apple could be thinking of going back to its June release cycle for the next iPhone. (iPhone 5S or iPhone 6?). BusinessInsider’s report (that mentions Misek’s note) contained quite a few interesting observations made by the analyst on the next version of the iPhone to be released by Apple.We’ve been reading quite a few rumors about the impending device, but for want of better information, we’ve had to throw away a lot of fluff in between. This one, coming from BI, deserves a mention although every information should be taken with a pinch of salt.
iPhone 5S Release Date in June 2013?
Apple’s first iPhone, and later the 3G and 4, came out in the June/July period. Since then, Apple has used the September/October time frame for the subsequent launches. Misek indicates – quite acceptably – that Apple might be looking at a June launch window for the iPhone 5S (or the iPhone 6). We’re not too sure if the next iPhone would be called iPhone 5S (there doesn’t seem to be a logical reason).
Better Features: Display, Battery, NFC
Apparently, his note also contains a few predictions about the features the next iPhone would have. These include, possibly, Sharp’s IGZO display that would be high-density, making the iPhone screens comparable to the top-of-the-line Android devices. Another prediction includes the move to 128GB iPhones which we think is a little baseless. Apple has not had great numbers on the 64GB variant and would probably not need to move towards even more space.
A couple of other predictions include better battery performance – something that’s readily welcome – and of course, the support for NFC. Near-field communication was much anticipated with the iPhone 5 but Apple chose to neglect NFC for the moment. Misek also notes that Apple could launch the iPhones in more than two colors.
The report covered elsewhere speaks about why Apple would switch to a half-year cycle for all its products and they’re all quite convincing except for the fact that Apple has certainly gotten very random in its decisions. This is, of course, a relative outlook.
Misek’s reputation as an analyst is best described by BGR:
Misek has a hit-and-miss record as he rightly called the iPhone 4S when everyone was calling it the iPhone 5, though he has been calling for Apple to launch its television all year long.
What do you think about the next iPhone?