There is more speculation involving the future iPhone 5S, a Chinese tech website shared purported images of the device. If these pictures are any indicator of what's likely to come, the iPhone 5S is a spitting image of the iPhone 5. The rumor also reports that the seventh generation smartphone is already in production.
The photos, even if authentic, are blurry, which means it's hard to get a clear view of the supposed iPhone. One German website did take note of the vibration motor as shown in one photo.
Another reason to doubt the report is the rumor that the next iPhone will feature a 4.8" to 5" inch display, which is much larger than the display on the iPhone5. Despite the increased interest in larger smartphone and phablets, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) said it doesn't want to make those kinds of phones.
This isn't the first time iPhone 5S related rumors have popped up. Just last week, a user from Sina Tech, another popular Chinese tech website, reported that the next iPhone will look a lot like the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 6 will be even wider and longer. Late last year, a user on a French forum shared purported images of the iPhone 5S, which showed an exterior that looked a lot like the iPhone 5. None of this should come off as too surprising considering that the iPhone 4S looked similar to the iPhone 4. It's predicted that the next iPhone will essentially be a minor upgrade from the previous version.
The iPhone 5S could arrive as early as this summer although it's not very likely the iPhone 6 will arrive in 2013.
At press time, we had no official word on what or when to expect the next iPhone. If last year is any indicator, we may have to wait for the latter part of the year to actually hear about the device.