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iPhone 5S release date, price and specs rumour roundup

Updated Everything you need to know about Apple's next generation smartphone
Tue Sep 10 2013, 13:38
iOS 7 will be available on the iPhone 5

HARDWARE DESIGNER Apple's iPhone 5S or iPhone 6, depending on which name the firm goes for, is arguably the most hotly anticipated smartphone of the year, and will signal the firm looking to steal back marketshare from the likes of Samsung's Galaxy S4 and the HTC One

Since the launch of the iPhone 5, rumours about its successor have filled the internet, detailing what we can expect from the next generation Apple smartphone. Keep this page bookmarked to keep on top of all of the latest iPhone 5S/iPhone 6 rumours.

Release date
Apple has confirmed that it will unveil its new iPhone(s) at an event in San Francisco on 10 September, and is promsiing that its imminent announcement "Will brighten everyone's day."

There's still no word on when the handset will hit shelves, although it's typically a couple of week's after Apple's high-profile unveiling. Apple's cheaper iPhone 5C is allegedly tipped to arrive on shelves on 20 September. 

Price
Apple's iPhones have remained largely unchanged when it comes to price, but there are rumours that the firm will launch a budget iPhone model alongside the iPhone 5S/6 this year. This will reportedly be around £200 cheaper than Apple's next flagship iPhone, with rumours claiming that it's likely to fetch between £230 and £330.

As for Apple's next flagship iPhone, this is widely expected to stick around the £530 SIM free mark.

Hardware
In terms of design, Apple's next-generation iPhone is expected to remain largely unchanged, sporting the same aluminum design as the iPhone 5. However, the firm will reportedly release the next iPhone in a new 'champagne gold' flavour, as it looks to appeal to emerging markets where colourful handsets are more popular. 

However, the casing is likely to be a bit bigger, as Apple is reportedly testing screens "larger than four inches" for its upcoming iPhone device, with online speculation hinting that the firm will opt for a 4.3in display. However, most rumours are siding with the view that the display will remain unchanged.

There will be a change in the form of a fingerprint sensor however, which will come built into the handset's home button. This will reportedly be called the iPhone's 'Touch ID Sensor', and will allow users to unlock the phone using no more than their fingerprint. 

As for the cheaper iPhone 5C, this will apparently be available in an array of different colours including pink, green and blue. Not much is known about the specs of the so-called iPhone 5C, but they are likely to be midrange given the handset's supposed affordable price-tag. 

Software
Typically, the next iPhone will arrive running the newest iteration of Apple's iOS software, known this time round as iOS 7.

Unveiled at WWDC on 10 June, iOS 7 sees Apple making radical changes to its mobile software, most notably when it comes to design. App icons have been redesigned, colours have been tweaked and the operating system boasts a completely new look and feel.

iOS 7 features redesigned applications include Music and Safari

There's a host of new features baked-in too. Apple's Spotify rival, iTunes Radio, comes built into the Music application, there's now a Control Center menu for toggling settings such as WiFi and Bluetooth and apps such as Safari and Weather have been given a makeover inside and out. 

As well as the iPhone 5S/6, iOS 7 will be available for the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 and the iPad Mini.

Check out our roundup of everything you need to know about iOS 7

Connectivity
Given that all UK networks are set to launch their 4G networks later in the year, we're thinking it's a pretty safe bet that the iPhone 5S/6 will launch with LTE support, much like its iPhone 5 predecessor. µ

 

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