Analyst: 6th Generation iPhone Will Be Larger, Release In 2014

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According to a new report from Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, it’s rumored that Apple will be increasing the screen real-estate on the 6th generation iPhone, which would be slated to release in 2014. Despite last week’s clarification by Tim Cook that Apple isn’t looking to increase the size of the iPhone, Misek is still standing by his claims. Here’s the scoop, via Financial Post:

Apple Inc. will likely launch a larger screen iPhone 6 in June 2014, according to Jefferies analyst Peter Misek.

While this may seem like an eternity for fans of the popular smartphone, he explains the wait is due to the time required to transition the device’s display technology.

FP raises the question of why anyone would want to buy an iPhone 5S, when rumors of the iPhone 6 are surfacing. Misek claims that the next-generation iPhone, or iPhone 5S, will bring different color schemes to the device, like the current iPod touches, as well as, a faster processor, likely the A7, and an improved camera.

Again, it seems that Apple’s conference call from last week completely goes against all of Misek’s predictions:

We always strive to create the very best display. Some customers value large screen size. Others value other factors such as resolution, color quality, white balance, reflectivity, power consumption, compatibility of apps, portability.

Our competitors have made some significant tradeoffs in many of these areas to ship a larger display. We would not ship a larger display iPhone while these tradeoffs exist.

Despite all of the rumors and what Apple has said, it’s possible that the 6th-generation iPhone may have a slightly increased screen size, but definitely not something drastic. What are your thoughts? Would you like a slightly bigger iPhone? source

Photos of Alleged Gold and Gray iPhone 5S Nano SIM Trays Surface

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According to a new photos from Moumantai, it seems that the iPhone 5S may be released in a myriad of different colors, with gold and gray being possible options (above, below). Now despite being rumored as being iPhone 5S parts, this of course cannot be confirmed, as these could easily be colored iPhone 5 parts.

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However, should these pieces be deemed legitimate, it would align with previous reports stating that the iPhone 5S would be releasing in a slew of different colors, as stated above. Currently, it seems that the iPhone 5S will be slightly delayed due to manufacturing issues, but it seems that we will still likely see different color iPhones.

Would you be interested in different colored iPhones? Should these parts be real, it’d actually be a pretty interesting development and some of the first colored pieces we’ve seen from the iPhone 5′s successor. source

iPhone 5S Rumored To Be Equipped With 12-Megapixel Camera

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According to a new report from Tinhte.vn, it seems that the next-generation iPhone will be equipped with an all-new 12-megapixel camera, as well as much improved shooting at night.  MacRumors is also claiming that the report comes from “Wonderful Saigon Electrics in Binh Duong, which specializes in providing camera modules for the iPhone.

However, this seems to be a very incremental update as would be expected with “S” upgrades. For those of you that don’t know, the iPhone 3G”S” was for speed, and the iPhone 4″S” was for Siri. Clearly, the iPhone 5S will receive some type of upgrade with some claiming it will have a killer feature, with a “fingerprint scanner” in the talks.

9to5mac’s Michael Steeber notes the following: “While Tinhte has show to be accurate in the past in regards to prototypes and leaked images, their newest piece is much more speculative, and should be taken with a relative amount of caution“. source

Foxconn Hiring New Workers As iPhone Production Ramps Up

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According to numerous reports, it seems that Apple has asked Foxconn to take on more staff, implying that the company may be in production for the next-generation iPhone, as well as, a budget iPhone. Sources are saying Foxconn will be, and is, hiring upwards of 250,000+ workers in order to meet Apple’s excessive supply demand. Bloomberg has the scoop:

Workers have been recruited at Foxconn’s plant in Zhengzhou, eastern China, for the past month, ending a hiring freeze imposed in February, said the person, who asked not to be named because the plans haven’t been made public. The extra workers will assemble the new device as well as existing models and have been added at Apple’s request to boost capacity, the person said.

Also, the Wall Street Journal was able to contact an unknown executive familiar with the matter and commented with the following:

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iPhone 5S, iPad Mini 2, and Budget iPhone Delayed

According to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, he claims that Apple’s upcoming devices (such as the iPhone 5S, iPad mini 2, and the alleged budget iPhone) will be slightly delayed due to various “technical challenges”, this per a research note sent out to Kuo’s clients. Kuo was sure to note that he no longer predicts that we will be seeing any of the devices launching in June, but rather July/August, as previously expected (via AppleInsider):

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WSJ: Apple Begins iPhone Production In Q2, Cheaper iPhone Still On Track

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Finally, some good news. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple will be beginning production of its next-generation iPhone during Q2 2013. WSJ also says that the production would lead to a possible release in the Summer timeframe (hint hint WWDC). Here’s the scoop:

Apple Inc. AAPL +0.21% plans to begin production of a refreshed iPhone similar in size and shape to its current one in the second quarter of the year, according to people familiar with the device’s production, teeing up a possible summer launch for the next version of its flagship device.

This report also falls in line with many other who also claiming the iPhone 5S will now be released in the summer, rather than the Fall. Many other have said the iPhone will contain many different colors, like we currently see on the fifth-generation iPod touch, but WSJ says “[Apple's] plans remain unclear“.

However, with every “S” update, we can expect that the device will retain its predecessors external design, with upgraded internals and likely an upgraded camera. The iPhone 5S will also likely carry an updated A7 processor, which would fall in Apple’s current processor pattern.

WSJ is also claiming that a cheaper iPhone is still definitely in the works, but details were definitely scarce. The report also states that it will be slated for a release in the second-half of the year, making a Summer release alongside the iPhone 5S unlikely. It’s likely that the cheaper iPhone will still contain a 4-inch display but not the same materials that the iPhone 5 is designed with.

Apple Hurries To Complete iOS 7, Pulls OS X Engineers

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Although Apple is slated to begin iPhone 5S production this quarter, it seems that Apple still hasn’t met up to par with its development of their upcoming software update, iOS 7. According to a quick post from Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, he claims that Apple has gotten slightly behind with development that it has begun to pull developers that are working on the upcoming OS X 10.9. Here’s the scoop:

What I’ve heard: iOS 7 is running behind, and engineers have been pulled from OS X 10.9 to work on it.

Regarding Jony Ive and iOS: Word on the street is that iOS engineers with carry privileges all have some sort of polarizing filter on their iPhone displays, such that it greatly decreases viewing angles, thus making it difficult for observers to see the apparently rather significant system-wide UI overhaul.

Of course, this news is also interesting to many as Gruber notes a “system-wide UI overhaul” which means we could be getting the entirely redesigned iOS we’ve hoped and dreamed about. Seems like Ive seems to be making some HUGE changes, eh? However iOS 7 may not be the only huge overhaul we see upcoming, MG Siegler adds an interesting note to a Branch thread:

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Analyst Claims No New Apple Products Prior To iPhone 5S Launch

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Gene Munster, an analyst for Piper Jaffray’s, who has been known for his radical, and sometimes illogical, Apple predictions has stated this morning that Apple won’t be unveiling any new technology until after the iPhone 5S launch which is rumored to take place in June. He also claims that Apple’s April event will be centric of “incremental upgrades” for the iPad and/or iTunes, so nothing big is scheduled to take place.

In a note to his clients, he broke down the following (via Fortune):

He now expects no major product announcements until June. Even if there is an April event, he says, it’s likely to focus on incremental upgrades to the iPad and/or iTunes, and is unlikely to move shares one way or the other.

He expects Apple’s revenues for this quarter to come in at $41.3 billion — at the low end of the company’s $41-$43 billion guidance and below the Street’s current consensus of $42.8 billion, as reported by Thomson Finance.

He’s looking for iPhone sales of 35.5 million and Mac sales of 3.8 million, considerably below the 37 million iPhones and 4.2 million Macs he says are implied by the Street’s revenue expectations.

In terms of gross margin, he believes the Street is factoring in a 39%-40% margin. He’s expecting 38%, right in the middle of the company’s 37.5% to 38.5% guidance.

Apple could also disappoint the Street with its June guidance. Thomson Finance has the consensus at $40.2 billion. Munster thinks it will be closer to $36 to $38 billion.

Finally, in terms of cash management, he expects only a modest dividend increase — from the current $10.60 a year to about $14 — and no increase in Apple’s stock buyback program.

He is claiming that Apple will have to go in somewhat of a slump, stock-wise, in order to bring themselves up, so his note is semi-negative to those who invest in Apple (AAPL). However, due to his track record with prior predictions, one can immediately label this unlikely, yet we’re interested to see how this pans out.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think Munster’s predictions could even be remotely correct? Let us know in the comments below.

 

Alleged iPhone 5S Components Leaked

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Finally! The leaks are back. French blog Nowhereelse.fr is posting the photos today from Moumantai of the alleged home and vibration components for the upcoming iPhone 5S. The photos above, and below, show slightly updated internals which are expected for the device.

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As you can see, the home button does not seem to be entirely differed. Despite rumors of a fingerprint scanner, the home button flex cable does not show any evidence that would suggest that Apple would bring the feature in this iteration of the iPhone.

It’s also worth noting that the home and vibrator flex  looks a bit bigger and route differently throughout the device, so it’s unclear if Apple made any internal, or even slight external, changes to the device.

iPhone 5S Q3 Release Date, Components Shipping in May

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Digitimes reports that components for the upcoming next generation iPhone 5S will start shipping in May. While we’ve heard many reports that the iPhone 5S could launch as soon as June or August, this report claims that the device will aim for a Q3 launch.

The new iPhone will not receive a major upgrade and may just be a slightly enhanced version of iPhone 5 (iPhone 5S), the sources said citing their latest specification data. Meanwhile, there are also rumors stating that Apple also plans to release an iPhone model using plastic chassis to push its global smartphone market share, the sources added.

Digitimes source say that the device will be a minor upgrade with no plans of a redesign. The iPhone 5S will mainly focus on a more powerful processor along with an improved camera sporting more megapixels. Manufacturers of the iPhone 5S should be able to ship assembled devices to Apple retailers 1-2 weeks later, source claim.