You’d think that with the iPhone 5 having been on the market for a mere few weeks, whispers about the next model would not yet have surfaced.
Views range from a release date as early as the start of next year right up to the latter part of 2013. It is also widely thought that rather than go for the predictable name of iPhone 6, the new model will be known as the iPhone 5S.
A quote from DigiTimes adds more fuel to the rumour fire “Apple is expected to introduce its next generation iPad and iPhone series around the middle of 2013, which will boost demand for ICs in particular communications related chips during the latter hald of the first quarter, according to the observers” the Taiwan based website stated.
“Component orders placed by Apple, which climbed to high levels prior to the iPhone 5 rollout, will rise again between March and April the observers indicated.”
Other rumours, particularly those originating in China, suggest an earlier release date; even going so far as to suggest an early production run of the iPhone 5S before the close of this year. Surprisingly this is not so unrealistic. When Apple released the previous model, the iPhone 4S in October of last year, there were whispers of the newer model, the iPhone 5 as early as before the end of 2011.
The only piece of evidence to the contrary is Apple’s apparent preference for releasing its smartphones in the autumn.
In keeping with this, certain analysts believe that the new iPhone will not be so different to the existing iPhone 5, delivering a slight upgrade to the existing model as opposed to a full-scale model successor. Further ties to the launch of the new iPad 5 have been rumoured. The release date for the new iPad 5 is thought to be pencilled in for early autumn of next year and this could tie in nicely with the iPhone 5S release.