Illustration of Apple's iPhone 5S with
integrated fingerprint scanner.
|Release date||June/July 2013 (expected)|
|Operating system||iOS 7 (expected)|
|Power||Built-in non-removable rechargable lithium-ion polymer battery|
|Processor||A7 ARM Cortex system-on-chip (possibly built on new 28nm fabrication)|
|Storage||16, 32, 64 GB|
|Display||Likely 4-inch Retina display|
|Input||Lightning connector, microphone, Dual-mic noise suppression|
|Audio||One earspeaker, one loudspeaker, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Rear Camera||Revised 8MP with f/2.0 lens and Smart Flash technology (expected)|
|Front Camera||1.2MP (expected)|
|Sensors||Current 3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer|
|Connectivity||LTE, Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n dual-band), Bluetooth 4.0 (expected)|
|Online services||iTunes, App Store, iCloud|
|Materials||Gorilla Glass 3, anodized aluminum chassis (expected)|
|Dimensions||4.87" x 2.31" x 0.30" (expected)|
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Apple's seventh-generation iPhone, expected to be called the iPhone 5S, will likely launch sometime in June or July of 2013. The timeframe is slightly faster than last year's annual upgrade cycle which itself had been pushed back from the mid-year iPhone introductions Apple had in place prior to 2011.
|Apple's iOS 6 mobile operating system.|
The iPhone 5S will likely feature Apple's next-generation iOS 7 mobile operating system. When iOS 6 launched alongside the iPhone 5, Apple debuted an all-new mapping system designed and built in-house using assets acquired from its purchase of three mapping technology companies; Sweden-based C3 Technologies in 2011, Poly9 in 2010, and Placebase in 2009.
The internals of the 2013 iPhone will likely be upgraded to feature a 28nm SoC of Apple's design which could be dubbed the A7. With the current A6, Apple introduced its first ever chip design based on ARM architecture.
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 5S will take advantage of Apple's acquisition of AuthenTec, a hardware security firm specializing in fingerprint sensors. It is believed that the 5S will sport a so-called Smart Sensor in the unit's home button, a natural location for such a component as users frequently rest their thumbs in that location. The sensor itself can be used as both a security device and an input peripheral thanks to proprietary technology developed by AuthenTec. It is unknown if Apple will leverage the sensor's additional capabilities or merely use the small part for user recognition and hardware protection.
|A purported fingerprint sensor could be a key addition to the iPhone 5S.|
The iPhone 5S is thought to keep the anodized aluminum chassis of its predecessor. The central part of the iPhone 5 body is machined out of a single piece of anodized aluminum, while two glass inlays are seated on the back of the handset. The front of the iPhone 5S will remain largely unchanged.
The iPhone 5S is a version update of 2012's iPhone 5, Apple's first 4G LTE-enabled handset.