iPhone 5S/6 rumors: release date, fingerprint sensor, concepts and others

The week started with reports that Foxconn has announced a wave of hiring which is seen as an indicator that production for the next iPhone is starting.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the company has hired 10,000 people a week at least since the end of March 2013 in its factory in Zhengzhou, central China, which produces iPhones.

In addition, a Bloomberg report states that Foxconn had ceased to hire new staff from the month of February, probably due to low sales of the iPhone 5.

A rumor posted by Vietnamese site Tinhte.vn also points to the presence of a 12-megapixel sensor capable of shooting in low-light conditions in the next-gen iPhone.

The integration of a fingerprint sensor, which is reportedly meant to make a difference for Apple on the smartphone market, will drive Apple to work with several Taiwanese companies, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said.

French site Nowhereelse.fr posted images of what is claimed to be the front camera for the next iPhone.

The pictures present a front-facing camera that seems noticeably different from the same component found in the iPhone 5, as well as a second component with an unknown function.

Following talks with Apple’s Asian suppliers, Jefferies’ Peter Misek said that the release of the iPhone 5S has been pushed back due to production issues.

The analyst also rules out chances to see the iPhone 6 this year and expects the low-cost iPhone to be launched in the fourth quarter of this year.

Other delays include the iOS 7, the iPad Mini and the iPad 5.

The iPhone 6 was in the news this week thanks to the presentation of several concepts.

Designer Rishi Inamdar made a video showing his vision of an iPhone 6. The mockup features a 4.5-inch screen and no Home button.

A concept that keeps the current 4-inch display was introduced by Deutsch designer Eric Huismann.

The concept comes with a full transparent HD screen, a 10 MP camera, iSight camera and a new A7 processor and is 17% thinner.

A video of an iPhone 6 with a curved display seems to be the first presenting the device with a curved wraparound AMOLED screen that covers both the front side and the housing of the device.

The smartphone displays information on both sides and comes with a resolution of 1615 x 1800 pixels.

It is equipped with a FaceTime camera, NFC capabilities, a new multitasking system and virtual side buttons for controlling the volume.