Another week, another round of rumors about Apple’s next iPhone models.
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The China Times reported that three iPhones models could hit the market in 2013: a low-cost iPhone 5S, an “iPhone Math” and another iPhone just before Christmas.
Jeremy Horwitz of iLounge made some predictions regarding the iPhone 5S.
He believes that the iPhone 5S will resume the design of the previous-generation iPhone, with a larger rear flash as the main addition.
In addition, the rumored low-cost iPhone will feature a plastic shell to reduce costs, Horwitz claims.
He also added that the low-cost model is meant to reach more people with an affordable price.
In another report, Horwitz said that the large-scale production for the iPhone 5S is several months away from beginning.
In addition, the camera lens will be upgraded with a 13 megapixel Sony flash sensor, acceding to the report, and the prototypes are internally called N51 and N53, with a release planned for July.
Leaked images of components for the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 6 have surfaced online.
French site Nowhereelse.fr posted pictures of what is said to be the loudspeaker for the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 6, with an image of the loudspeaker from the iPhone 5 super-imposed at the top of the pic.
Speculation about the iPhone 6 was also rife this week.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects the iPhone 6 to be released around June 2013 and to be equipped with a fingerprint sensor.
A fingerprint reader would serve to unlock the phone, secure applications or protecting data.
Kuo also believes the iPhone 6 should be equipped with a new processor and enhanced camera capabilities.
Russian site Apple Digger came up with a mockup of the handset with a 4.8-inch display and a 12 MP back camera.
They posted a clip showing the device in five different colors – black, white, pink, blue and yellow.
A concept of the iPhone 5S created by designer Alexander Kormishin showed the possibility of a model that would be available in multiple colors, as is the case with the new iPod Touch 5G.
However, John Brownlee from Cult of Mac believes such a change is not likely in the near future since something like that would trigger important modifications in the design of the handset.