iPhone 5S to get even better camera, even faster processor; ship in Q3, sources say

“Components for the next-generation iPhone will start shipping at the end of May with the new smartphone to have a chance of showing up in the third quarter, according to sources from the upstream supply chain,” Aaron Lee, Ninelu Tu, and Joseph Tsai report for DigiTimes.

“The iPhone 5S is expected to feature a higher-end processor as well as higher-megapixel camera modules, the sources said,” Lee, Tu, and Tsai report. “Meanwhile, there are also rumors stating that Apple also plans to release an iPhone model using plastic chassis to push its global smartphone market share, the sources added.”

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  1. My sources tell me that Apple will be introducing the iPhone -3 which will have the ability to optionally have a slower processor, outdated apps, no security and a DOA camera. Can’t wait to pre-order mine.

    ps- Samsung will copy Apple and come out with the Galaxy S4.

      1. It’s kind of like watching an artisan. They do what they do so effortlessly, and it come out so good that you are fooled into thinking it’s easy to do.
        Both MS and samsung did ok as long as they just robotically aped Apple’s (software & hardware) designs. But, when they actually delude themselves into thing they are creative too, we get the windows 8 mess and the galaxy 4 and it’s embarrassing “intro show”.

    1. Yes, we need a redesign. The VERY recent redesign is not enough. I hope they make the next one in the shape of a cube. That would be awesome and innovative. And everyone would know I have a new phone. I mean, that’s why we buy these devices right?

      1. What recent redesign? It’s literally identical to the 4S. It’s just longer and perceptively skinnier.

        It looks and feels like a chocolate bar.

        Give us a redesign.

      2. If Samsung has a smartphone with a 5″ display, Apple must make a smartphone with a 10″ display. If some is good, twice as much is a lot better. And plastic. Add more plastic because, my boy, plastics is the future.
        I wonder what exactly innovation would be when it comes to smartphones. Having a battery that lasts five times longer? One that uses no energy whatsoever? One that bypasses all carriers to make telephone calls? One that can be embedded under the skin. Completely flexible and can’t break when dropped?

        Apple seems to be the only company in the world that can’t innovate anymore. I guess most companies can come out with innovative products every year. What’s funny is that passenger cars have been around for over 100 years and 99.9% of them still have four wheels, one at each corner. What has the automotive industry been doing all this time?


    The next electronic product from a company will have a better/faster/bigger/rounder thing, bucking the trend to release a next generation product with the same feature set.

    Maybe this kind of (lack of) story is just to get us to stay on the page and gripe, just so we will see more ads. Furthermore… Ooh! A new iPad stand! Gotta go!

  3. I totally agree about the aesthetic redesign — and not just for the sake of change. Ergonomic and durability improvements are possible.

    Funny, when I mentioned this on the iPhone 5 release, I was shouted down by immature attackers. I still believe the Apple needs to lead the world in design — and KEEP MOVING THE GOALPOSTS — if it wants to retain its market share and thus long-term profitability. The tepid iPhone design updates and the horribly mismanaged Lightning connector debacle have only allowed Android crap-phones more opportunities to take away Apple potential profits. and that’s EXACTLY why AAPL share price has faltered. Lack of leadership.

    1. So, Mike, all of a sudden you’re an internationally recognised industrial designer and engineer, are you?
      Would you like to describe to the audience just how, exactly, you would redesign the iPhone, bearing in mind, of course, that you are unable to use any elements that may be similar in some way to other mobile phones from Samsung, Nokia, Sony, LG, Huwai, etc.
      Inquiring minds would like to know.

      1. Happy to respond to your snippy comment, Rorschach:

        by using planar glass, the iPhone’s faces are not only ergonomically ill-fitting on the back, it is prone to scratches across the entire surface when it is placed on a table. And it cracks when dropped on an irregular surface, like a pebble.

        by curving the glass and/or using a superior material on the back, Apple can eliminate all those problems. For the front, Apple could add a slightly proud bezel so that the glass doesn’t touch a tabletop when placed face down. It could also strengthen its glass by making the face imperceptibly convex.

        Any other questions with which I can help you?

        1. Oh, one more point: The huge 3rd party industry of iPhone bumpers and guards and cases is proof positive that Apple phones — just like its competitors — are viewed by many people as not being durable enough. What is preventing Apple from offering a ruggedized iPhone, or a kit that makes it so?

          Differentiation improves user experience. Isn’t that what Apple used to stand for?

        2. And when Apple uses said materials and makes said changes and it cuts into iPhone profit margins are you going to reimburse me?

          You do realize these manufacturing techniques have to be in place and at a reasonable price. I’m almost certain once you have said smartphone in hand, you’ll discover that there are some other niggling flaws you’d like corrected in the next model. Maybe the texture isn’t quite right or it doesn’t quite fit your hand as you expected it to. I’m sure you’re a better designer than Jony Ive so maybe you should join Apple’s design staff and help him out with some of the finer points.

          And by the way, do you consider yourself a reasonable person who is easily satisfied with anything less than perfection?

          1. So you’re saying that Apple made a mistake with its iPhones 1-3GS and most of its past and current iPods that have curved surfaces for greater inherent rigidity and packaging volume?
            … or polycarbonate and/or aluminum enclosures for improved ruggedness?

            Sheesh – no wonder the world is beginning to think Apple is losing its cutting edge design mojo. Fanboys think Apple has already achieved perfection and therefore there are no improvements to be made. I can only hope that Apple proves you guys wrong — before some other companies do, anyway.

    2. People have been trying to reinvent the circle since the day after it was found to be a pretty good form for getting work done (wheels, gears, axles, etc.) and yet despite those attempts people continue to make profits and retain marketshare in their industries. I wonder how they achieve that given your argument.

      1. Constant effort.

        If you think even mechanical elements like gears haven’t improved, then you are not paying attention. Concepts may not move dramatically, but refinement and more efficient implementation are constant challenges.

        Forgive me for pointing out that Apple should remain viewed as constantly pushing the envelope instead of resting on its design laurels.

        1. I’m happy to forgive you, but I don’t think it’s necessary. But your argument calls out “tepid design changes” without apparently acknowledging that until the size of the human hand changes significantly, Apple will continue to build phones that fit in those hands. I was once a part of an engineering redesign effort that had few parameters as guides but ultimately came back to just about what was being delivered already as the optimal design — tepid design changes.

          I really don’t see what Apple would do that wouldn’t be tepid. Would you like a barbell shape that allowed more real estate above/below where the thumb and ring fingers closed around the middle of the device? Or something with a small base, for the hand, but grows up and outward, like Star Trek’s original tricorder?

          You also originally called the lightening connector transition horribly mismanaged. My beef is that stated that way it sounds like a foregone conclusion arrived at by consensus of a majority of the customer base; yet it isn’t. I’m an iOS developer so I am in contact with thousands of iPhone owners and didn’t hear any reaction that would qualify for “horribly mismanaged.” Most just bought adapters and got back to work.

          1. Jim : So according to you Apple will not make a larger iPhone. I’m just summarizing your statement that’s not a question. You state that clearly with your example of the size of the human hand. So obviously you state that Apple will not make a larger iPhone. I’m not saying you’re right or wrong. Just wanted to clarify your point of view. And you’re very clear on that. Again, you could be right and you could be wrong. Personally I would love a larger iPhone. Not just because it would outsell the current size iPhone 5 form factor but a larger screen would look great in my hand. My hand easily holds the 5 inch Samsung phone. And even though I would never buy a Samsung phone, the larger screen is really nice. But to your point, Apple will not make a larger iPhone. Because if they did, you would be wrong. But that’s not going to happen. Oh well, a person can dream.

            1. According to me? No. According to Apple. If you check back here in a day or two I will probably have found the YouTube video where the Apple exec is talking about how the phone must fit in your hand, comfortably.

            2. But Jim, you are using the comment by an Apple executive as the basis for your argument against a larger iPhone. So clearly your opinion is that there will be no larger iPhone. That’s certainly your opinion. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Perhaps you will be correct and perhaps not? Only time will tell. But clearly, when Apple produces the larger iPhone you’ll be proven wrong. Because Apple won’t make it unless it’s the right thing to do. And I have no trouble holding a 5 inch phone in my hand.

          2. I am not complaining about the vision for the Lightning connector, but I’m certainly not alone in my criticism of its cost, complexity, availability, compatibility, and limitations. And what does it do that USB mini connectors don’t do besides gouge customers?

            Eventually the problems will work themselves out and the 30-pin connector will be old history. In the meantime, anyone with legacy 30-pin iGadget accessories who buys a new iGadget will at a minimum be facing a $25 adapter tax, if their gear even works at all. And don’t think this is insignificant. Folks with a beautiful B&W Zeppelin don’t want to throw away a $600 integrated speaker dock just to plug in their new $150 7th gen iPod nano. They’ll have to cobble together some other solution (probably USB, which B&W wisely included). What a waste a user time and effort.

            Let’s face it, when you have an ecosystem brimming with 3rd party equipment that is designed to a certain interface, it’s rather poor taste that the adapters are as user-unfriendly as they are.
            Apple stores should have fishbowls full of them, handing out one free to anyone who purchases as new iGadget. And the adapters should be available in all kinds of different configs too, included integrated into cables. To this date, 3rd party cable manufacturers still aren’t shipping adapter cables. WHY?

            Dan Frakes wrote for Macworld, “The changes to Maps in iOS 6 may have gotten the lion’s share of negative coverage since the iPhone 5 debuted. But back on September 12, when the company announced the latest iPhone and iPod models, the harshest criticism was reserved for the Lightning connector, Apple’s replacement for the venerable 30-pin dock connector.”

            Then he provides a great depth of technical, logistical, and economic problems withe Apple’s Lightning introduction.

  4. Who would have thought that rumors could manipulate sentient people away from purchases, erode quarterly performance, and make share price manipulators very wealthy?

    With the various news organizations now reporting that the DoD plans to purchase 650,000 IOS devices at sequester’s end, one can only hope that this occurs before the end of Q4.

  5. DigiTimes.

    Damn it, MDN, can you start putting “DigiTimes” in your headlines so I can know to skip them?

    These are bad enough that you might even want to put a Think Before You Click™ warning in the headlines of your own stories _about_ them.

    1. Well, now, wait a minute! This one takes on new meaning or did you miss the really really important wording right here: “rumors state”? You see “state” means that they are conclusive and authoritative! So these are clearly and obviously rumors that will come true and we can believe in them! Don’t slap your forehead too hard for having missed that: They engineered the pacing of the sentence to gloss over the “rumor” part so your brain could focus on the “states” part 😉

  6. Dont need NFC, dont need scanning home buttons.
    dont like black and lightweight body.
    What I want is Full HD display, NO home button.
    iPhone 4 like body design, inductive charging.

    1. And once you have all those in a smartphone, what will you ask for in the next model? I’m sure you’ll find something else that you’re dissatisfied with. That’s the main problem with humans. They’re just never satisfied. There’s always one more thing they feel they must have or life has become tedious.

  7. This is so boring….we have to wait one year for this crap? “Faster processor” and” better camera”. Just put this stuff on the Apple store and thats it. Please not again an underwhelming presentation….

  8. They need to improve the physical nature of the phone first. It just does not look as cool as the other models were for their time. And I hear the black scratches badly. Come on Apple. Make the phone the sleekest most durable pocket tank on the market. Somehow…

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