Apple to offer 'iPhone 5S' in new gold color and 128GB storage option, insider says

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in iPhone edited January 2014
In a report obtained by AppleInsider on Thursday, well-informed KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo offers his predictions on Apple's anticipated next-generation iPhone, including a new 128GB storage option and a gold colorway.

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Artist's conception of a possible iPhone 5S. Source: AppleInsider


Kuo points out in his note investors that the so-called "iPhone 5S," will carry over many of the features already established with the current iPhone 5, including the 4-inch screen form factor.

The analyst predicts Apple will make the usual processor buff, this time to a new A7 system-on-chip design with 1GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The latest chip is expected to be of Apple's own design based on the ARMv8 architecture, suggesting efficiency may be increased by up to 20 percent. Because Apple controls both the operating system and hardware for the iPhone 5S, it can optimize the faster LPDDR3 RAM spec for the A7 SoC, keeping the amount of addressable memory to 1GB.

The phone's rear-facing camera will also be tweaked. While the sensor unit will remain untouched, the iPhone 5S shooter will use a larger f2.0 aperture lens assembly with dual LED flashes.

As for the widely rumored fingerprint sensor, Kuo reiterated the view he expressed in a separate note last week, saying the package will likely be embedded in a sapphire glass home button.

For storage, Kuo expects Apple to add on a new option for a capacious 128GB of on-board flash memory, the same change the company made to the fourth generation iPad in February.

Finally, a new option for a gold casing is expected to be offered alongside the traditional black and, with the iPhone 5, silver colors. Gold parts purportedly bound for the 5S were leaked in June, though an accompanying chassis sporting the new color has yet to surface.

Contrary to some predictions, Kuo doesn't see Apple implementing near-field communication (NFC) in the iPhone 5S.

Apple is rumored to be prepping for a Sept. 10 iPhone announcement, at which the company is expected to launch the iPhone 5S and possibly a less expensive handset dubbed the "iPhone 5C."
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  • Reply 1 of 84
    If true, I look forward to buying a 128GB iPhone 6 next year. Great for large audio/video library folks and movie storage and streaming. Nice.
  • Reply 2 of 84
    128GB... cool

    Gold body... dumb

    BTW... after none if these predictions come true... will anyone interview KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo to ask "[I]what were you thinkin' bro[/I]?"
  • Reply 3 of 84

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Michael Scrip View Post



    128GB... cool



    Gold body... dumb



    BTW... after none if these predictions come true... will anyone interview KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo to ask "what were you thinkin' bro?"


    Kuo has a pretty decent track record, so I generally take what he says seriously.  As for the gold body being dumb....don't judge it till you see it. It all depends upon the shade of gold Apple picks.

  • Reply 4 of 84
    adonissmuadonissmu Posts: 1,772member
    I want the gold one just for the hell of it.
  • Reply 5 of 84
    poochpooch Posts: 768member
    In a report obtained by AppleInsider on Thursday, well-informed KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo offers his predictions on Apple's anticipated next-generation iPhone, with changes including a 128GB storage option and a new gold colorway.

    <div align="center"><img src="http://photos.appleinsidercdn.com/iPhone5S.AppleInsider.png" alt="Flash" width="660" height="396" border="0"><br><span class="minor2 small gray">Artist's conception of a possible iPhone 5S. Source: <em>AppleInsider</em></span></div>

    Kuo points out in his note investors that the so-called "iPhone 5S," will carry over many of the features already established with the current iPhone 5, including the 4-inch screen form factor.

    The analyst predicts Apple will make the usual processor buff, this time to a new A7 system-on-chip design with 1GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The latest chip is expected to be of Apple's own design based on the ARMv8 architecture, suggesting efficiency may be increased by up to 20 percent. Because Apple controls both the operating system and hardware for the iPhone 5S, it can optimize the faster LPDDR3 RAM spec for the A7 SoC, keeping the amount of addressable memory to 1GB.

    Minor tweak to the phone's rear-facing camera. While the sensor unit will remain untouched, the iPhone 5S shooter will sport a larger f2.0 aperture lens assembly with dual LED flashes.

    As for the hotly-anticipated fingerprint sensor, Kuo reiterated the view expressed he expressed in a separate note <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/08/10/apples-iphone-5s-to-boast-convex-sapphire-home-button-with-embedded-fingerprint-sensor">last week</a>, saying the package will likely be embedded in a sapphire glass home button.

    For storage, Kuo expects Apple to add on a new option for a capacious 128GB of on-board flash memory, the same change the company made to the fourth generation iPad <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/02/05/128gb-ipad-with-retina-display-now-available-from-apple">in February</a>.

    Finally, a new option for a gold casing is expected to be offered alongside the traditional black and, with the iPhone 5, silver colors.

    Apple is rumored to be prepping an iPhone announcement for Sept. 10, at which the company is expected to launch the iPhone 5S and possibly a less expensive handset dubbed the "iPhone 5C."

    just try proofreading what you write. just a little. c'mon. but you won't. it's obvious you & ai don't give a rat's behind about the quality of what you spew ... just get those page views and ad impressions. i would certainly never hire you, and i know at least two other tech writing establishments that would not either. so don't quit your day job.
  • Reply 6 of 84
    Gold color is a color preferable by Asian and Arabian so learn to be thinking globally.
  • Reply 7 of 84
    Question -

    I'm not familiar with the fingerprint scanning tech - is this possible to be white (and gold) as well as black? I'm curious if the homebutton for the White iPhone will now be black.
  • Reply 8 of 84
    blackbookblackbook Posts: 1,361member
    Gold body... dumb
    As for the gold body being dumb....don't judge it till you see it. It all depends upon the shade of gold Apple picks.
    nzhong168 wrote: »
    Gold color is a color preferable by Asian and Arabian so learn to be thinking globally.

    From all the leaks the"gold" color doesn't really look gold.

    It looked to me more like a champagne color which could be nice and high end when paired with white glass.
  • Reply 9 of 84
    doe924doe924 Posts: 14member
    Gold is pimp. I suspect it will be very popular in the urban communities that like the flashy look.
  • Reply 10 of 84


    Needs diamonds.  Gold encrusted with diamonds.

  • Reply 11 of 84


    Can someone provide justification for the odd expression "colorways"?


    Why use an obscure (and arguably less correct, according to Wiktionary) term, when a simpler one will do?

  • Reply 12 of 84
    I don't know who you are, but if its money you want I can tell you I don't have any. What I do have are a particular set of skills. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. Stop using the phrase "color ways" and that will be the end of it. If you don't, I will find you and i will be forced to post whiney little missives.

    The choice is yours.
  • Reply 13 of 84
    drblankdrblank Posts: 3,383member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Michael Scrip View Post



    128GB... cool



    Gold body... dumb



    BTW... after none if these predictions come true... will anyone interview KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo to ask "what were you thinkin' bro?"


    There's nothing wrong with offering it in a gold color.   Lots of people have them sent out to have them done in gold.  Personally, I wish they would at least polished Aluminum and then have them PVD coated.  they can do all kinds of different coatings and they are anti-corrosive and they can get all kinds of colors, Bronze, Gold, Black Chrome, rainbow, and specific colors.  Zippo does this with their lighters as do some knife mfg that make stainless steel knives where they get them PVD coated.


     


    128 GB of storage?  I'm surprised they haven't done that already.




    I do wish they packed at least 2G of RAM in these devices.

  • Reply 14 of 84
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member


    colorway does not spell checx

  • Reply 15 of 84
    The 128GB storage option is my #1 reason for wanting to upgrade from my 64GB iPhone 5. If they offered a 256GB model it would still not be enough for my voracious appetite for more storage capacity. :)
  • Reply 16 of 84
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    If this 'gold' phone is legit I think it will be more champagne colored as leaks indicate that. Though I am surprised we haven't seen a gold/champagne case leak as more often than not this stuff leaks.

    apple-iphone-5s-champagne-button-set-original-new-3pcs-set.jpg
  • Reply 17 of 84
    Ebay sells an iPhone 5 Goldplated for about $2,500. It only a 16GB version. The 64GB goes for $3K! LOL! Apple is going to put these seller out of commission with the 5S!
  • Reply 18 of 84
    I don't know who you are, but if its money you want I can tell you I don't have any. What I do have are a particular set of skills. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. Stop using the phrase "color ways" and that will be the end of it. If you don't, I will find you and i will be forced to post whiney little missives.

    The choice is yours.

    Quote of the year
  • Reply 19 of 84


    I think the aperture is 2.8 current, so not a huge change. Increase to f1.4 and you really have a low light camera!


     


    Apple would not do a Gold model like a Pro phone would they? Increased processor speed, more ram, and the larger storage? Sounds as much unlike Apple as a gold phone : )

  • Reply 20 of 84
    drblankdrblank Posts: 3,383member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Rogifan View Post



    If this 'gold' phone is legit I think it will be more champagne colored as leaks indicate that. Though I am surprised we haven't seen a gold/champagne case leak as more often than not this stuff leaks.



    apple-iphone-5s-champagne-button-set-original-new-3pcs-set.jpg


    I don't know what type of gold plating was used, but Apple anodizes the cases of the current iPhone 5 and I think the anodizing is more like any of these


     


     


     



     


     


     

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