The much-rumored iPhone 5S and a 5-inch iPhone 6 have shown up at an Apple supplier in China, according to a post on a Chinese microblogging site.
The newest rumors comes via BrightWire, which points to a post on Laoyaoba where an individual claims that he has seen the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 at Apple suppliers and that we should expect an iPhone 5S release and an iPhone 6 release in 2013.
The models could be released this year, according to a post by a Sina Tech user called Old Yao.
The early arrival of the iPad 4 and the iPad mini – just eight months after the release of the iPad 3 in March – has meant that Apple still has the ability to surprise and we could well see an iPhone 5S appear earlier than expected.
That means the iPhone 5S release date could be as early Spring 2013.
The iPhone 5S reportedly has a design similar to the current iPhone 5, while the 5-inch iPhone is said to be lighter and thinner.
Some sources claim that Apple has is ploughing ahead with the next iteration of the popular handset, due to low yield rates of the iPhone 5 on the assembly line at Foxconn.
As Apple gets closer to an anticipated launch of a new smartphone, the speculation and rumor mill go into overdrive, so while Old Yao’s comments are food for thought, they should also be consumed with perhaps more than a grain of salt.
Earlier analyst speculation held that Apple would release an iPhone 5S and a revamped version of the iPhone 5 in June or July.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted last month that the new S model would resemble the current model with a few improvements, including an A7 chip for faster performance and a fingerprint sensor, reports the CNet.
Analysts have also called on Apple to launch a big-screen iPhone, sometimes referred to as an “iPhone Plus.”
A larger screen size for an iPhone 6 might attract consumers smitten with Samsung’s 4.8-inch Galaxy S3 and 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2. But it is believed that Apple is “leaving money on the tablet” by not competing with larger devices like the Galaxy Note.
This is not the first time we’ve heard rumors of multiple iPhone sizes or a larger iPhone. Even before the iPhone 5 launched in 2012 there were rumors of two iPhones launching, a iPhone 5 and a larger iPhone.
The China Times says a ‘Touch On Display’ panel is being developed by Taiwanese supplier Innolux with 10 point multi-touch and a 0.5mm thickness. Apparently the site spoke to sources inside Apple’s supply chain.
According to further rumours, the iPhone 5S might not be the only Apple handset we see this year – rumours abound about cheaper, plastic iPhones, while Apple could be readying an even bigger smartphone to launch in June, apparently called the iPhone Math.
The new, larger, lower-cost handset could be aimed at emerging markets such as China.
In January 2013 iLounge received information that indicated the handset would sport the same design as the iPhone 5 with the key difference being a beefier camera and larger flash on the back.