Even though an iPhone 5S release isn’t happening for at least another 6 or so months, there are some rumors concerning what to expect. Generally rumors about the pending release of a device so early in the year are not that accurate. But following Apple’s upgrade trend, there are some possible features and changes that could be coming to the iPhone 5S which these rumors claim to be so.
iPhone 5S Rumors
The biggest news on the rumor list is that Apple plans to update the CPU of the next iPhone. While there could be a variety of possible updates to the physical chip, what we are concerned about is the speed and architecture of the chip. There is a great possibility that the device will come with a quad-core CPU which would match the quad-core GPU currently stuck in the iPhone 5. More importantly, the RAM being updated would be a great way to continue spurring developers to create even more advanced apps and games.
If Apple holds true to its unofficial update policy, we shouldn’t expect any major cosmetic differences, if any at all, between the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5S. While Apple loves to update the iPhone’s look every two years, they have never released a major cosmetic change to the iPhone less than two years.
The camera for the iPhone is due for an update, hardware wise, as it really hasn’t changed much from the iPhone 4S. While Apple claims to have done some tweaks to the module, test images taken with the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 show almost identical shots. While it is unlikely that Apple would double the megapixels of the camera, we would expect them to beef up the aperture and add some type of software image stabilization so as better to compete with the offerings of Nokia. In the meanwhile, you can try and improve the quality of your pictures, as well as edit some of them with the best iPhone photo apps out there.
Even though Apple will be missing from Mac World this year, the company will continue its yearly WWDC conference and on the table for updates is iOS. Since WWDC generally happens between June and July, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a new version of iOS drop before the iPhone 5S is released. Best of all, whatever new software they release in the next iteration of iOS, you can be almost 100% positive that iPhone 5 and 5S users will receive every benefit while iPhone 4, and 4S users will have a limited array of features available to them.
Apple is said to be working on a lower cost model for developing countries so don’t be surprised if they do release an iPhone 5 with less memory for $100 less than the 5S. At any rate, the next iPhone announcement is likely to take place during the early part of September when Apple traditionally held its music event. Seeing that dedicated music players are on the way out, Apple has been using the time for the last two years to announce iPhone’s and not just iPod’s as well. Sale of the new iPhone 5S is supposed to begin before the start of the holiday shopping season.