Most have come to expect that the iPhone 5S will hit the market later this year as an affordable, perhaps even cheap iPhone with a plastic case, smaller screen and generally watered-down features. However, a certain Mr. Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray fame has once again popped up to suggest that the iPhone 5S will in fact take flagship status away from the current iPhone 5 and offer significantly upgraded features.
As such, a lower price-tag is for now completely out of the question, it would seem.
According to Munster, the iPhone 5S launch has been penciled in for June and is already in its final testing stages, his most recent channel checks suggest. The news comes hot on the heels of T-Mobile’s announcement of a pricing restructure to enable customers to pick up an iPhone 5 for next to nothing and summarily pay the resulting balance in monthly installments – off-contract.
As far as specs and feature go, Munster remains adamant that the iPhone 5S will arrive with a faster processor, an improved camera and the as-yet unannounced iOS 7 operating system right out of the box. Apple has of course refused to pass any comment on the iPhone 5S or iOS 7, therefore it is as always important to digest Munster’s musings with a pinch of salt.
However, none of the above should be interpreted as outright cancellation of an affordable iPhone before the end of the year, as further reports this week are suggesting that such a device could indeed be on its way for the fall – in plenty of time for Christmas. Various sources have stated that Apple has somewhat reversed its expected roadmap and will not be looking to launch the flagship iPhone 5S followed by the affordable iPhone or iPhone Mini later this year – rather than the other way round.
Technically this makes perfect sense as not only will the iPhone 5S prove a worthy rival to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, but a cheap unlocked iPhone in the fall would make the mother of all Holiday stocking-stuffers and probably sell in record numbers.