Sunday, March 10, 2013

iPhone 5S' With Fingerprint Detection In August And The 'iWatch' By Christmas?: This Week In Apple Rumors

Iphone 5s
1. Will The iPhone 5S Come Out In July?
Last week, we reported on shady rumors that the next-generation iPhone would be released this summer. This week, as a sort of tribute to the movie Groundhog Day, we are reporting on...shady rumors that the "iPhone 5S" will be released this summer! Watch out for that first step, it's a doozy!
Yes, we had two rather prominent Apple pundits both predict this week that the next iPhone will land in the summertime, following the previous week's report from Barclay analyst Kirk Yang targeting the summer as the season of the "iPhone 5S." The predictions this time around, at least, come from two prognosticators with solid, nigh-sterling reputations: KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and Apple blog iMore's Rene Ritchie. Let's slap on our Speedos and dive in:
We'll start with Kuo, who shot to fame in the Apple pundit community with his call two years ago that Apple would release only the iPhone 4S, and not a redesigned iPhone 5, in 2011. Since then, he's earned respect as one of the few accurate forecasters of Apple's release schedule: When Kuo publishes research, people read that note, and they don't roll their eyes as they might with other analysts.
On Monday, Kuo released a research note concerning the next iPhone (actually, next iPhones: Kuo thinks Apple will release an iPhone 5S and a cheaper iPhone aimed at emerging markets; more on that in a second). The iPhone 5S will be released in July, Kuo writes, and will differentiate itself from the iPhone 5 in five ways:

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