KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, an accurate source of iPhone 5 and iPad Mini scoops last year, claims the iPhone 5S and low-cost iPhone will be unveiled alongside iOS 7 this June, with the devices hitting the shelves in July. But, remodeled iPhone 5S with the time-division duplexing (TDD) standard technology used by China Mobile will be made available in September. Both new iPhones would – like the iPhone 5 – be LTE-capable, with differentiation coming in other specs.
Per Kuo the iPhone 5S will pack a faster A7 SoC, a “Smart Flash” that uses white or yellow LEDs for high-quality photos, and a fingerprint security chip, sourced from AuthenTec, a company that specializes in fingerprint-based security, and bought by Apple last July. Kuo believes that the fingerprint chip will live beneath the iPhone’s home button, “improving security and usability.”
Kuo believes that the iPhone 5S will recycle the same thin aluminum chassis seen on the iPhone 5, and a slightly larger 1600mAh battery. For the low-cost iPhone model, Kuo thinks that the device will be slightly heavier than its standard aluminum-bodied counterpart – iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S, and will plausibly pack a hybrid casing made out of fiberglass and plastic. He expects it to sell between US$350-450 off-contract.
For now, we’ll have to speculate and imagine until the Apple send official invitation and unveil the products to the world.