Awaiting the iPhone 5S: Notable Rumors

To kick off 2013, we see plenty of interesting rumors ahead of the expected iPhone 5S release. Some rumors are more likely to happen, while others are probably just idle speculation.  Let’s take a look at some of the more notable rumors

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Rumors about summer releases for the next iPhone (codenamed iPhone 6,1) and iOS 7 showed up in recent developer logs. Clearly, this is likely considering iPhone and iOS have been on a yearly release cycle for Apple. We are more sure about the features on iPhone 5S than iOS 7, but without any official confirmation we’ll just  have to wait and see. In fact, iOS 7 is expected to be a major improvement, keeping in mind that Apple’s Industrial Design leader, Jonathan Ive, is now focused on iOS software. He replaces Scott Forstall, who used to be the iOS chief.

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Another rumor points to multiple screen sizes and colors. Right off the bat, I would eliminate the multiple screen sizes as highly unlikely.  For one Apple just added a 4-inch screen in 2012, for the iPhone 5. The bigger reason they would not do something like this is because the developers would have to work hard to optimize apps for multiple screen sizes, which makes developing apps a more difficult task.

As for the colors, analyst Brian White says that the reason this could happen is because the iPod touch was like a “testing ground” for colors and that Apple could eventually proceed with this move over to the next iPhone. Inventory will be the only drawback, as we won’t know how many people will be interested in a certain color. Don’t get your hopes up too high for this one, but I think we’re likely to see multiple colors.

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Another interesting rumor I am reluctant to believe, is about Apple making a cheaper, low-cost iPhone made of plastic. First of all, I am not sure why Apple would do this, considering they set out to make top-level, quality products. All they will probably do is offer cheaper iPhone 5 and 4S, after the iPhone 5S is announced. This is the higher probability path, considering what Apple has done in the past.

This next rumor is probably among the most technologically exciting of the bunch. Apparently, the next-generation handset will feature a fingerprint sensor underneath the existing home button. This could potentially give Apple an edge on the competition, as other competing phones already have too many buttons, so would find it harder to implement this feature. This new sensor could possibly be integrated with unlocking the phone for security, or even for use with applications such as Passbook, to enhance the experience

In any event, there’s a lot to be excited about this year with the iPhone. The iPhone 5S will probably shape up to be a very competitive upgrade in the already very popular smartphone line. I, for one, can’t wait to find out which of the rumors are true. Let me know what you think in the comments!

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