Apple could be gearing up to launch the next-gen version of the iPhone — iPhone 5S — very soon, if new reports are to be believed. Reports say the iPhone 5S is set to make its debut on June 20 and will release in August.The new information comes courtesy of the Japanese website MacFan.
"A new rumor from Japan echoes previous speculation that the next iPhone — presumably the 'iPhone 5S' — may be formally announced at a special event on Thursday, June 20. MacFan, currently celebrating its 20th anniversary as a Mac enthusiast site, claims that the new model will go on sale in July, a few weeks after its introduction," reports Electronista. "According to the report, a 'low-cost' version of the iPhone aimed at the larger larger pre-paid market in developing countries such as China and India may debut in August."
Moreover, per the MacFan report, Apple may also preview or announce a new update to iOS which would impart some major changes.
"The rumor, which is considered plausible, goes on to add that Apple may preview or even announce a new update of iOS that would feature the first real fruits of the design overhaul expected from SVP of Industrial Design Sir Jonathan Ive, though this part is listed as a 'prediction' rather than a claim of insider knowledge," notes Electronista.
Speculation has been rife that Apple would introduce the iPhone 5S on the sixth anniversary of the original iPhone, which launched on June 29, 2007.
A June or July launch date for the iPhone 5S has been forecasted by several analysts. Apple analyst Gene Munster believes that the iPhone 5S will launch in late June, and the low-cost iPhone will debut in the September quarter. Noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo anticipates that Apple will launch the next-gen iPhone in June and the smartphone will go on sale in July.
MacFan's report should be taken with a pinch of salt, even if it echoes the previous conjectures and suppositions. Moreover, since the Electronista report does not cite where MacFan got its information from, the authenticity remains questionable.