Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 spotted at supplier?

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Feb 082013

The rumoured Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 are the topic of rumour again. According to a post on the Chinese Sina Weibo microblogging site, both devices were apparently spotted at an Apple supplier in China. Pictures were not allowed for fear that they would later be leaked (fancy that!).

According to the person who saw both devices, the iPhone 5S is described as very similar to the iPhone 5 while the iPhone 6 is wider, longer and thinner. The Google translation is not very clear but appears to suggest that the iPhone 6 could sport a 5-inch display. Past rumours have indicated that Apple was working on a new iPhone with a larger display. Could the iPhone 6 be none other than the mysterious “iPhone Math” with its 4.8-inch display?

The report adds that both devices should launch this year but gives no specific details. Earlier rumours have suggested that the iPhone 5S may come out in the March-July timeframe with a second model to follow later in the year. Apple could also release a third model but was not mentioned in this latest rumour.

Read more: CNET

First components for iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 spotted?

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Jan 282013

If recent rumours are to be believed, Apple is, for the first time ever, readying to launch more than one iPhone model this year. As many as three different models could be in the works including the iPhone 5S, the iPhone Math with a larger 4.8-inch display, and a third model. Now, pictures of one of the components headed into at least two of these have allegedly surfaced. In themselves, they reveal little but their somewhat different designs suggest that there are indeed different models coming (or Apple is playing wit different prototypes).

The images obtained by French blog show speaker components that are allegedly headed to the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 6. In the image below, the iPhone 5S speaker is on the left and the iPhone 6’s on the right:

Rumoured iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 speaker component

The Apple iPhone 5S would likely be an updated version of the iPhone 5, looking quite similar to it but with upgraded components (possibly including a 12MP camera). The iPhone 6 would be a completely new version.

The report adds that the first model will launch sometime between March and July. A second one would then launch late in the year. It’s not clear from the report when the third, the iPhone Math, would be released (earlier rumours suggested it would launch along the iPhone 5S in June).

We’ll continue to follow the story and see it takes us.

Read more: (in French) [Google translation] (Source: CNET)

Is Apple already testing the iPhone 6?

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Jan 012013

There is little doubt that Apple is already at work on the successor to the iPhone 5 and the next version of iOS. Signs that Apple may have begun to do some early testing surfaced today courtesy of The Next Web. A number of developers have contacted it with reports of a new iPhone identifier and OS number showing up in app usage logs.

One iOS developer showed entries for a device identified as ‘iPhone6,1’ powered by iOS 7. Given that the current iPhone 5 models are identified as ‘iPhone5,1’ and ‘iPhone5,2.’ The entries also point to IP addresses originating from Apple’s Cupertino campus, suggesting that someone from Apple is playing with a device we know little about. Sadly, the logs reveal nothing about device specifications or new features we can expect in iOS 7.

Given the length of development cycles, it is not implausible that Apple is already doing some testing on its next-generation smartphone and operating system. Then again, it is not particularly difficult to spoof this type of information. So take all of this with a grain of salt for now. But one thing is sure: The Apple iPhone 6 and iOS 7 rumours have begun!

Read more: The Next Web