Regarding the possible release date, reports have suggested that Apple may launch the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C on the market on September 20.
Here is an update on the latest rumors about the characteristics that the two smartphones are expected to bring.
This week the Cupertino company sent out an official invitation to a keynote scheduled for September 10.
The invitations feature a design composed of colored bubbles surrounding the Apple logo, and a message that reads, “This should enlighten the day of everyone.”
The biggest chatter this week revolved around the Home button for the iPhone 5S.
If Apple had any intention of strengthening the secrecy around its products, it sure was a waste since leaks of the new models were numerous.
Leaked images showed the flex cable and an apparently different Home button, which continued the speculation that Apple intends to incorporate a fingerprint scanner.
Other photos supporting the same theory were posted by Nowhereelse.fr and they showed a Home button that was more complex than the one on the iPhone 5.
The packaging for the iPhone 5S was spotted in two images coming from China and the front cover of the box had the image of an iPhone with a different Home button.
Pictures suggesting the implementation of a fingerprint reader showed a new square-shaped component right next to the button and another rectangle part at the center of the cable that wasn’t included before.
Leaked photos of the iPhone 5C in retail packaging surfaced online, showing devices in red, blue, white and yellow plastic shells.
Other photos were published by a Chinese site presented a phone diagram, instruction manuals and SIM card ejection tools.
A video of a comparison between the graphite Phone 5S and the iPhone 5 demonstrated that the difference between the colors is definitely visible.
Physical mockups of cases for the low-cost iPhone in various colors were posted online by Vietnamese site Tinhte, including a black version of the device, despite reports claiming Apple won’t include this variant in its offer.
Also in China news, it was reported that China Unicom and China Telecom will start taking pre-orders for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C just days after their U.S. launch, making it the first time an Apple smartphone is launched simultaneously on the two continents.
Regarding the price for the iPhone 5S, Sonny Dickson claims the company could offer the device at $1,099.00 in Australia, which would be $100 higher than the one for the 64GB version.
Also, according to KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, the smartphone will be equipped with an A7 chip with an ARMv8 processor and 1GB RAM, an 8 megapixel camera with f2.0 aperture with dual-LED flash, 1600 mAh battery, 128GB storage capacity and a rumored gold variant.
Rumors about the iPhone 6 were present this week as well as the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple is testing prototypes of smartphones with screens that vary between 4.8 and 6 inches.
Citi Research analyst Glen Yeung estimated that the iPhone 6 is likely to arrive in the first half of 2014.