Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has issued his predictions for Apple’s product lineup in 2013.
He believes that an iPhone 5S to be released in June or July, in a format that wouldn’t differ too much from the current model.
Several upgrades could include an A7 chip for faster performance, a fingerprint sensor, improved camera specs and a smart LED flash.
Kuo expects Apple to introduce a new iPhone 5S and an upgraded iPhone 5 in the third quarter of 2013.
The iPhone 5S would be very similar to the current iPhone 5, but several new features including an A7 system-on-a-chip, a fingerprint sensor and camera improvements.
He also expects a lower-cost iPhone to be released, featuring a new design and a plastic chassis that could be available in six colors.
In addition, the analyst speculates that the iPhone 5S could come with a fingerprint sensor, based on the fact that Apple bought AuthenTec, a company specializing in fingerprint sensors, in July 20123.
Apple could find a way to integrate fingerprint sensors within the home button on the smartphone, which wouldn’t alter the “minimalist design” of the device.
With this technology, the company could propose an elegant and efficient way to replace the traditional use of usernames and passwords.
Based on inputs from Apple suppliers, Jefferies analyst Peter Misek said that production for the successor to the iPhone 5 will start in March, with a launch date schedule for June / July.
Misek noted that Apple is testing two devices to date, the rumored iPhone 5S and a low-cost model that would target emerging markets such as China.
French website Nowhereelse.fr posted some interesting concepts of the iPhone 5S, iPhone Mini and iPad 5 by designer Martin Hajek.