Apple iPhone 5S Rumored to Launch in August, New iPads in April

Apple is considering releasing new iPads next month, as well as to launch a fifth-generation iPad in April alongside an updated iPad mini.

Apple is planning the release of the iPhone 5S for this summer, currently for August. Next generation iPads, presumably the iPad 5 and potentially the iPad mini 2, may also debut as soon as this April. Photo: Olle Eriksson/Flickr

According to the latest rumors, the next-generation iPad could launch as soon as April, but those looking to upgrade to the iPhone 5S may have to wait until August.

An “April-ish” launch for the next-generation iPads, most likely the iPad 5 and the iPad Mini 2, is seriously being considered by Apple. From that description, it hardly sounds like the date is written in stone.

However, the rumored release for the iPhone 5S may have credibility.

As always, Apple has not announced any plans for future releases – or even scheduled launch events – but that has not stopped speculation about what the company plans to do.

Sources familiar with the plans have told iMore that the iPhone 5S does indeed have the same basic design as the iPhone 5, with a more advanced processor and an improved camera.

With the iPhone 5, Apple made the casing thinner but managed to keep essentially the same, if not slightly better, overall quality.

The launch of  iPhone 5S is aimed  once again to raise the bar in terms of iPhone optics, including a much better camera in essentially the same casing.

Other iPhone 5S rumors making the rounds include it could come in various colors and screen sizes.

Earlier today, an analyst with KGI Securities released a report claiming that Apple would announce the iPhone 5S and a lower cost iPhone in June, probably at the company’s WorldWide Developer Conference in San Francisco, writes the Telegraph.

Sources have chimed in with a late summer launch date, most notably KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, who projects that the new phone will be announced in June and reach the market in July.

He said Apple would be keen to avoid the delayed release of the iPhone 5, “which gave competitors room to grab market share”.

If the new iPad mini is released next month it is unlikely to have a higher resolution Retina display.

An iPad mini with Retina display is expected to be released later this year, possibly in October, suggesting that Apple is considering moving to a six month update cycle for its iPads.

Apple is not going to release iPads that costs more or don’t get as good battery life as the current models.

So, if the next iPad mini does end up getting slated for April, it could be a spec bump, or have something other than Retina as a differentiator.

Meanwhile, Samsung, Apple’s biggest rival in the smartphone world, is set to launch its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, at an event in New York next week.

The specs of the new Samsung smartphone list a Super Amoled Full HD screen of unknown size, 16GB/32GB/64GB storage options with 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera and Android 4.2 OS.

A software-centric approach to an Android flagship device launch is nothing new.

Samsung’s next generation smartphone – the Galaxy S IV – could include an new feature –  eye scrolling, making it easier for users to read text, hands free.

For example, when users read articles and their eyes reach the bottom of the page, the software will automatically scroll down to reveal the next paragraphs of text.

For example, when users read articles and their eyes reach the bottom of the page, the software will automatically scroll down to reveal the next paragraphs of text.

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