Apple still hasn’t said anything official about the iPhone 5S release, or even hinted at the handset’s existence – come to think of it.
Buy hey, it looks inevitable at this point (there will be a new iPhone, obviously, but a radical design change seems unlikely), and with September just around the corner, it’s time to start throwing dates around.
The first such date is September 10, which is… *checks calendar*… four weeks on Tuesday – that typically being Apple’s favourite day of the week for product launches.
It’s AllThingsD proposing September 10 as the iPhone 5S launch date, with credit going to – simply – “sources”.
It’s suggested that September 10 might also be a good time for the budget iPhone to make its debut, thought the jury’s still furiously debating the thing’s existence.
As for iPhone 5S specs, it’s expected to be a very much incremental update, with a faster processor, enhanced camera, and possibly a fingerprint scanner for, uhm, added security. But otherwise it'll look very much like an iPhone 5, complete with 4in display.
What is certain is that any new iDevices launched on September 10 will rock iOS 7, which was revealed to mixed reactions at WWDC in June. It has a “flat” design (“beauty in simplicity, in clarity, in efficiency”, says Apple), with a handful of interesting features seemingly inspired by the jailbreak community.
While the launch date is tipped for September 10, the iPhone 5S release date will probably be 10 days later, with iOS 7 dropping for existing devices in the interim period. Specifically, I’m thinking September 20 for the iPhone 5S release date, and September 18 for iOS 7. Possibly.