We've been so busy hearing about Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S IV, that iPhone rumors are now getting a back seat - isn't that a big change in the tides? Now we have KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issuing a new research report, which claims that we should see two new iPhones and iOS 7 launched in June.
The new smartphones would be made available to the public a month later in July. Kuo continues:
We expect Apple will introduce its new iPhones and iOS7 in June, and start shipping the new iPhones (5S and low-cost model) in the FDD version in July. Both dates are earlier than last year's roadmap. We attribute this to: (1) an effort to avoid repeating the fatal mistake of last year of the delayed iPhone 5 launch, which gave competitors room to grab market share; and (2) the new iPhones this year are mainly designed on the basis of the current iPhone 5, which suggests development time could be reduced.
What can we expect from the iPhone 5S? Well, we're looking at the same 4-inch screen but with a faster A7 processor. The iPhone 5S will sport a fingerprint chip under the Home button, which will be an interesting addition if proven true. Kuo finishes with:
[W]e expect the product differentiation between iPhone 5S and iPhone 5 will be: (1) computing power, with iPhone 5S to run on the faster A7 application processor; (2) the camera, with iPhone 5S being equipped with Smart Flash, ensuring photo quality using white or yellow flash according to lighting conditions; (3) iPhone 5S will have a fingerprint chip under the Home button, improving security and usability; and (4) the low-cost iPhone 5 hybrid casing of fiberglass and plastic will make it lighter and slimmer than general plastic casing and easier to make in various colors. However, we still think it will be heavier than iPhone 5S, which will have an aluminum casing. Thus, even form factor will be an area of differentiation.