The “S” updates to the Apple iPhone line tend to be mostly refinements of the previous year’s design rather than a reinvention, and this Autumn’s anticipated iPhone 5S device (expected to launch on September 10) looks to be no different. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, noted for being pretty accurate when it comes to predicting what’s going to come off of Apple’s production lines has laid out what he expects to see from the iPhone 5S launch, suggesting Apple still have a few surprises up their sleeves at least.
As has been long rumoured, Kuo believes the handset will indeed come with a fingerprint scanner. He predicts that it will be embedded within the home button through sapphire glass – the most obvious placement given the increasing scarcity of bezel space on the iPhone line. Adding an extra layer of security to password protection, it’s expected to play a part in iTunes and App Store purchase authentication, which could finally put to rest shock in-app purchase bills from kiddie iPhone gamers.
Storage options are expected to jump up to a giant 128GB for the first time too, reflecting the growing size of apps and the use of smartphones as media players, though the increasing prevalence of streaming services may make that last point redundant. Currently, the largest storage size available on iPhone is 64GB.
And while many have predicted that Apple will offer the iPhone 5S in every colour of the rainbow, Kuo dampened expectations a tad. He believes the iPhone 5S will be available in its usual black and white shades, as well as a new gold colour, presumably for the same crowd that think diamante phone cases make you look “big pimpin'”.
Beyond Kuo’s predictions, previous rumours have led us to expect the use of Apple’s latest A7 system-on-chip design, using 1GB of LPDDR3 RAM , as well as a dual LED flash f2.0 aperture 8MP camera. iOS 7, the latest version of the Apple mobile OS, is a dead cert for inclusion too.