Samsung, Sony and the rest of the Android boys had their moment in the spotlight last week, with IFA 2013 going down a storm over in Berlin. Oh, and not forgetting the handful of Windows-flavoured tablet stuff, too.
Tomorrow night it’s Apple’s turn to take the stage over in California, as it finally unveils the much-discussed iPhone 5S. In the meantime, I present unto thee five things we know – or think we know – about the next iPhone.
Inevitably the iPhone 5S will have a faster processor and enhanced camera, and it’ll probably be thinner and lighter than its predecessor.
What we’re looking at here is five very specific thingies about the iPhone 5S, presented – as per tradition – in no particular order. Ready? Let’s do it.
iPhone 5S colours
Colours are all the rage at the moment, with the Sony Xperia Z1 dropping last week in black, white and purple, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 arriving shortly thereafter in black, white and pink.
iPhone 5S storage
Bit of a controversial one, since Apple refuses to include microSD in the iPhone, and since it charges £70 to go from 16GB (£529) to 32GB (£599) on the iPhone 5, and an extra £100 on top of that to go from 32GB to 64GB (£699).
We’re told that the iPhone 5S might mark the debut of a 128GB storage option, which would presumably mean a price tag of around £799. Hmm.
iPhone 5S video trickery
The iPhone 5 has an exclusive Panorama mode for capturing those particularly scenic moments. Or hey, maybe you just like taking silly pictures with people appearing at several points (hours of fun).
The iPhone 5S is tipped to have its own exclusive camera feature, namely slow motion video recording at 120 frames per second. That’s a lot of frames per second.
Again, probably something that’s more so fun to mess around with than hugely practical, but Jan’s already salivating.
iPhone 5S security
If having a lengthy passcode or password on your iPhone isn’t enough to allay fears of intrusion, imagine a world where – in theory – no one but you can unlock your phone.
That’s the idea with the iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner (probably housed on the Home button), and while it’s not exactly a spanking new concept in the world of mobile, it’s expected to really take off this year, with the HTC One Max also tipped to embrace the technology.
Just don’t go messing up your fingers…
iPhone 5S budget variant
Android might be kicking ass when it comes to smartphone market share, but a massive percentage of Android sales are comprised of mid- and low-level handsets.
The closest Apple has come to offering a budget iPhone to date is keeping the last three generations of its handset around at any one time, so the iPhone 5 is currently flanked by the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4.
However, at £319 with just 8GB storage, the iPhone 4 isn’t exactly cheap.
Story goes that the plastic-bodied iPhone 5C will help Apple mop up some of the low-end market, though considering those people aren’t going to be spending a huge amount on content, you have to wonder what the point is.
In any case, if you look at the September 10 launch invite (above), the notion of a budget iPhone is given credence by the tagline "This should brighten everyone's day", with the iPhone 5C tipped to come in several bright colours.
We’re still stubbornly refusing to believe that the iPhone 5C exists, but the evidence is certainly mounting, and it could become a reality in just over 24 hours. Stay tuned.