iPhone 5S: Release Date, Specs and Availability for Apple’s Next iPhone

In only nine days, Apple will introduce two new iPhone models at its media event on Sept. 10, including the high-end iPhone 5S and the company’s long-rumored budget iPhone, thus more rumuors and speculation are circulating.

Apple’s keynote event is rumored to take place September 10, where the new line of Apple iPhones – the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6/5C, and iPad 5, will finally be unveiled. Photo: Sonny Dickson

Later this month Apple is rumoured to be officially announcing and launching their new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C smartphones together with their new iOS 7 mobile operating system.

To support the rumours of the suspected Apple event taking place on September 10th Apple has issued their employees with vacation blackouts from September 15-28th for the launch of new iPhones & iOS 7. This window of two weeks suggests that the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6/5C will release on the purported date of Sept. 20.

Plenty of rumours have been circulating regards the features and specifications for the new iPhones. If rumors are true, Apple is set to bifurcate the new iPhone lineup into two lines: a more budget-targeted, plastic-backed, candy-colored “5C” (iPhone 6 or iPhone Light), and the higher-end iPhone 5S, which looks exactly the same to a casual eye as last year’s iPhone 5.

The iPhone 6 is expected to release with many of the same features of the iPhone 5, but the key difference will probably be the form factor. Reportedly, the anodized aluminum body of the iPhone 5 will be replaced by a cheaper, albeit sturdier and more scratch-proof, polycarbonate shell.

The budget price does not mean that the screen will be compromised, as it is expected to come with a 4 inch retina display, A6 chip, and 8 megapixel camera. Apple will offer their iPhones in colors other than black and white for the first time- red, green, yellow, and blue.

The iPhone 6 will likely have an upgraded processor, with a quad-core A7 providing more power, better efficiency which would give better battery life too.

Others rumors surround the new iPhone having better 4G LTE, and wi-fi with an ultra-fast 802.11ac. Still other rumors suggest wireless charging will be unveiled by Apple, which would be a big step up, and a feature that is sure to go down well with smartphone fans, writes Christian Today.

Of course, most attention will deservedly fall on the iPhone 5S, which will feature the newest technologies from Apple. Perhaps the biggest new feature on the iPhone 5S could be a fingerprint sensor, which many claim will lurk right under the Home button.

However, those who are hoping  for jumbo-screen iPhone are likely to be disappointed, as same-size 4-inch screen  with the same Retina resolution is expected.

The iPhone 5S should also feature Apple’s next A7 processor, which isn’t a surprise (iPhone 4 had an A4, iPhone 4S an A5, and iPhone 5 an A6). Rumors claim it will continue to be a dual-core processor with an emphasis on improved system speed.

History suggests that at least one or two features of iOS 7 will be iPhone 5S-specific, but the good news for existing iPhone owners is that Apple has already confirmed that the new OS will work on iPhone 4, 4S, and 5 models.

Rumor has it that iPhone 5S may be launched in gold-colored version, that is actially said to be more of a subtle champagne color. Beyond gold/champagne, the standard white and black, there’s also a rumor of a graphite (slate gray) model.

Price isn’t much of a surprise, either: for years, the new iPhone’s been $199/$299/$399. Expect that to hold true once again, reports CNet.

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