Contrary to the hopes of some Apple fans wishing for a major iPhone 6 refresh this year, we may have confirmation that it will be the iPhone 5S. The Japanese tech site Macotakara, which has a fairly good track record in terms of foretelling what Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will do, claims that a source within the industry has confirmed that the next iPhone will be called the iPhone 5S. Josh Smith of GottaBe Mobile was one of the earliest to spot the blog post.
iPhone 5S expected in September
There have been reports that the next iPhone will be unveiled Sept. 10 and possible go on sale Sept. 20, and Macotakara also says there will be a September introduction for the iPhone 5S. The report also indicates that we will see an iPhone 5C along with the iPhone 5S and that the 5C will be the low cost plastic model of the iPhone.
We saw photos of what was purported to be packaging for the iPhone 5C on another site, so this report seems to back up those photos.
iPhone 5S will be similar to the iPhone 6
One of the reasons so many have been hoping Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) would release the iPhone 6 this year is because they are looking for a major refresh of the line. Unfortunately though, leaked photos covering everything from inside components to the screen of the device do show that the next iPhone will be very similar to the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5S is expected to have Apple’s A7 chip and a better camera with dual-LED flashes. It’s also expected to have a fingerprint sensor, although that sensor is rumored to be affecting the initial supply for the device, limiting early shipments to 3 million handsets.
When can we expect the iPhone 6?
So the short answer to the big question everyone is wondering about is that the iPhone 6 will probably be out next year. There have been several reports since late last year indicating that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is working on an iPhone with a bigger screen, so perhaps this will be the iPhone 6.