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Rumor: Low-cost iPhone, new iPad mini coming in August, but no 'iPhone 5S' until 2014

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A questionable new rumor claims that Apple doesn't plan to release a true successor to the iPhone 5 until 2014, instead focusing on a low-cost iPhone this year.

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The details were reported on Friday by DigiTimes, which is notorious for reporting rumors that prove incorrect, but does on occasion relay accurate claims from its supply chain sources. This time, the site claims that Apple will not release a next-generation iPhone or a new 9.7-inch iPad until early 2014.

Instead, the report claims, Apple will begin shipping a low-cost iPhone with a plastic chassis, and a next-generation iPad mini this August. Components for those new devices are allegedly expected to begin shipping in July.

It seems unlikely that Apple would hold off on releasing a new high-end iPhone model until next year, with the iPhone 5 having gone on sale last September. The iPhone is Apple's most popular ? and most profitable ? product.
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It just becomes oatmeal after a while. It's the exact same effing rumor every effing year. Why these people aren't in jail, much less fired, by now is beyond me.

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone exists], it doesn’t deserve to.
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Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone exists], it doesn’t deserve to.
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I really, really can't see how this makes sense. They're going to let their flagship phone go un-updated for 2 years? There will at least be a spec bump, which is what the s traditionally is.
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I call bull on this. Bull on the lack of an updated iPhone, bull on the plastic

What I could see is perhaps Apple being able to proudly announce that due to new techiniques they are able to drop the price of the new iPhones down and they cut all but the iPhone 5 which will be free on contract and the iPhone 5s will be $99.

The iPad mini in August only makes a little sense because it might be used at schools. Which will start in August and September in the US.

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(She's family so I'm a little biased)

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A non tech's thoughts on Apple stuff 

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[sarcasm] So the "surprise" Cook promised for the Fall is the company committing suicide by not upgrading it's flagship product for TWO YEARS?

 

Intriguing. [/sarcasm]

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If there's one thing that I've learned about Apple rumors, it's this: once the parts start leaking, the associated rumors are true. Every rumor that has circulated that hasn't been accompanied by some spy shots of parts has proven false. 5-inch iPhone: false. Tapered body iPhone: false. iPhone mini: false. And so forth.

But with all the leaked pics of both the "5S" and its plastic sibling, this thing is launching soon.

I'd like to ask AppleInsider to start taking a pass on the info coming out of DigiTimes so as not to waste our time.
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...leaked pics of... ...plastic sibling...

Where?

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone exists], it doesn’t deserve to.
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Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone exists], it doesn’t deserve to.
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