“When is the next iPhone coming out?” “Should I wait for the next iPhone or just get one now?” “And why would I want the next iPhone to read my fingerprint?”
It happens to me every year around this time — a deluge of questions about the next iPhone.
And the timing of the rumors and interest makes sense. For the past two years, Apple has released a new iPhone in September, which means that many are preparing for a long-anticipated upgrade. And yes, according to reports, Apple is now gearing up for its annual September iPhone event where it is expected to release the successor to the iPhone 5 – presumably the iPhone 5S — and another phone called the iPhone 5C.
While the world speculates about the launch of iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, a Chinese telecom giant has practically confirmed the two Apple smartphones.
China Telecom, one of the three biggest telecom companies in the country, recently put up a pre-order page for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C on its official website. It also posted information about the two smartphones on its Sina Weibo account. However, the web page and the posts were later taken down by the company.
The China Telecom web page shed light on some features of the iPhone 5S flagship smartphone. It said that the phone has a larger screen, touch on the display panel, A7 processor, iOS 7 operating system, sapphire Home key, a gold version, supports LTE-A technology, wireless charging, larger battery capacity, support slow motion video capture and dual flash. Most of these features are in line with previously leaked specifications, though the larger screen has been mentioned for the first time for the iPhone 5S.
A Chinese website has also leaked the first images of the retail box of the iPhone 5S. The image on the retail package shows a circle around the Home button of the phone, suggesting a fingerprint scanner. The user interface on the iPhone pictured on the box seems similar to the one previewed by Apple in iOS 7, which is likely to start seeding on the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are launched.