Analyst speculation pointed to the summer of 2013 as a possible time frame for the launch of the 5S.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects the device to be released in June, with availability on the market in July.
iMore’s Rene Ritchie predicts the handset will hit the market in August and that it will keep the same design as its predecessor, with improved capabilities.
A report by Japanese blog Macotakara stated that production of the iPhone 5S has already begun at Foxconn.
The device is said to follow the same lines as its predecessor, with a similar design and no need to adapt production tools.
A recent DigiTimes report suggested that Apple’s next smartphone will come with wireless charging.
However, 9to5Mac notes that such a major change is not likely in the near future, much less in the iPhone 5S, as the implementation of this type of technology would require significant design changes in the phone’s aluminum case.
In Hajek’s view, the iPhone’s display spans from one side to the other and instead of a button, the handset could use some sort of a touch trackpad, like the one found on the MacBook.