The iPhone 5S rumor roundup


iPhone 5S: Will it look the same as the iPhone 5?

(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)

iPhone rumors are like flies at a summer picnic: they’re nearly unstoppable. Collected in one batch are all the iPhone 5S/6 rumors CNET has reported so far, with some commentary on where these rumors came from.

We always have long wish lists for newer features and further redesigns, but the bottom line is this: nobody knows exactly what we’ll get until Tim Cook reveals it on stage later this year.

That said, we’ve got plenty of educated gue

Everything else is pretty much a crapshoot. A bigger screen? CEO Tim Cook says no — but saying one thing and doing the opposite would hardly be a first for Apple. Beyond a screen size change, though, Apple could also go with a different technology — say, Igzo or OLED.

There are plenty of other unknowns, too. Will there be another iPhone that debuts before a fall model? Could the iPhone product line split into several differently sized models? Will an affordable “new” budget-line iPhone emerge? Will Apple finally add NFC to the iPhone, as part of a new mobile payments scheme? Anything could happen. Or not.

As more rumors emerge, they’ll be added here.

The rumors thus far:

January 29, 2013
Low-cost iPhone will be like a plastic iPhone 5, claims site
The much-rumored budget iPhone will borrow many elements from the current model but use a plastic design, says iLounge. The site claims the budget phone will be something like a fusion of the iPhone 5 and fifth-gen iPod Touch.

January 27, 2013
Images of alleged next-gen iPhone components surface
A French blog posts images of what it says are speaker components for the next round of Apple smartphones, what it calls an iPhone 5S and iPhone 6. Blurry, close-up shots of speaker components don’t tell much of a story, though.

January 25, 2013
iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini rumors afoot: Upgraded iPhone rear camera
According to another iLounge report, the iPhone 5S will feature a 13-megapixel rear camera from Sony.

(Credit: Apple Digger RU)

January 22, 2013
Renderings tease what a 4.8-inch iPhone would look like 
Continuing along the rumor that Apple is preparing an even larger-screened iPhone for 2014 (see below), Russian Apple news site Apple Digger created renderings of what such a device would look like. This is speculation on top of rumor.

January 22, 2013
Bigger iPhone still coming — just not this year, report says 
If you’re holding out for a 5-inch iPhone, you might have to wait until 2014, a new report from DigiTimes (which must be taken with a whole shaker of salt) claims.

January 22, 2013
Rumor: 4.8-inch iPhone to debut in June 
A Google translation from the Chinese language Commercial Times points to a larger-screened iPhone in time for the Worldewide Developers Conference. While it’s a sketchy rumor, it seems reasonable that Apple will get serious about taking on smartphones like Samsung’s 4.8-inch Galaxy S3.

Nak Design’s concept art for the iPhone 6.

(Credit: Antoine Brieux of NAK Studio)

January 16, 2013
The iPhone 6 won’t wow: 6 reasons why 
As an iPhone rumor palate-cleanser, Eric Mack discusses the reasons why the next iPhone isn’t likely to impress.

January 16, 2013
iPhone 5S, low-cost iPhone 5 to debut this summer, analyst says 
We may see both the iPhone 5S and a lower-cost iPhone 5 variant in June or July, says KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo.

January 15, 2013
Low-cost iPhone might use plastic body, report claims 
The latest tidbit among the low-cost iPhone rumors suggests the phone would use an all-plastic body or a combination of plastic and metal, once again according to DigiTimes.

January 11, 2013
New intrigue on trail of cheaper iPhone 
Reuters had cryptically withdrawn a story pegged to remarks purportedly made by Apple’s Phil Schiller in China. Now the story’s back with a nip and a tuck or two.

January 10, 2013
Apple’s Schiller: A cheaper iPhone? Um, no 
In an interview with a Chinese newspaper, Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, purportedly says there’s no truth in reports that Apple will make a cheaper iPhone.

January 10, 2013
Cheap iPhone could appeal to a half billion people, Munster says 
A low-cost iPhone would give Apple access to 65 percent of the smartphone market where its current lineup of high-end phones don’t play, says Apple bull Gene Munster.

January 9, 2013
Rumor: Cheaper iPhone could cost as little as $99, Bloomberg says 
Piling onto the latest rumors of a cheaper iPhone on the horizon, a source tells Bloomberg the device could sell for between $99 and $149.

The fifth-gen iPod Touch.

(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)

January 8, 2013
Apple prepping a less-expensive iPhone, WSJ reports — again 
Following DigiTimes, of all places, the Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is working on a less-expensive iPhone and could launch it later this year — which is pretty much what the WSJ also reported…two years ago.

January 8, 2013
Low-cost iPhone heading to emerging markets this year — report 
Apple plans to launch a new iPhone version designed exclusively for China and emerging markets that could be available in the second half of 2013, according to DigiTimes’ sources.

January 4, 2013
Apple could launch ‘iPhone Mini’ next year, analyst says 
In its ongoing battle against Samsung, Apple may be forced to unveil a smaller, cheaper version of its flagship phone, says Strategy Analytics.

January 3, 2013
Apple said to be eyeing new display tech for next iPhone 
The iPhone 5 is just a few months old but its “in-cell” touch technology may already be old news, according to a new report.

December 27, 2012
Apple rumor watch: iOS timepiece on drawing board? 
A rumor out of China suggests that Apple is teaming up with Intel to fashion a bona-fide iOS-based watch. Business Insider reported the rumor via Chinese tech blog Perhaps this is part of the next-gen iPhone strategy?

December 5, 2012
Could the iPhone line split?
CBS’ Dan Farber speculates that a larger-screened iPhone would make perfect sense after theiPad Mini. The debut of another model could justify another launch date, much like the iPad Mini did for the iPad.

A rumored picture of the iPhone 5S.

(Credit: Screenshot taken by Roger Cheng/CNET)

December 5, 2012
Possible iPhone 5S pics show same design
Pictures of the next-generation iPhone have already surfaced via an online forum (, as reported by French Web site, but show few differences on the exterior of the device other than a different screw placement.

sses. With that caveat firmly in place:

Odds are strong that the immediate successor to the iPhone 5 will debut in the summer to autumn time frame (June to October). The release will all but certainly coincide with the availability of iOS 7. Moreover, if it follows Apple’s previous history, the new iPhone will have the same design but with tweaked innards, in the spirit of the iPhone 4S and 3GS.

Beyond those obvious notes, the areas that seem most ripe for updating on the “iPhone 5S” would be the resolution of the cameras. And now that there’s a 128GB iPad, maybe there will finally be a 128GB iPhone option, too.



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