The iPhone 5S is definitely happening. Apple usually releases an ‘S’ model the year after a regular numbered model. It usually includes minor upgrades designed to entice users of a the handset two iPhone generations back to switch.
It probably won’t be very different from the iPhone 5, but let’s take a look at what we think we know based on reports.
1) It will look like the iPhone 5 for the most part
Like all ‘S’ models, the iPhone 5S will look like its predecessor. Most of the changes will be in the internals. We can expect things like a faster processor and some rearranged insides. That said, we are hearing that there will be some minor changes to the handset, visually.
2) Dual-LED flash
The dual-LED flash will likely make photos taken in the dark much better. It’s double the lighting. We don’t really like LED flash anyway, but an extra light is better than one. Most users will probably welcome this. It will also make for a better flashlight, which is a part of iOS 7.
3) Fingerprint sensor
The iPhone 5S reportedly has a fingerprint sensor built into the home button. We had a hard time believing this one, but rumors persist. Those rumors all come from websites with reliable sources. It may be worth at least considering, and this may be one of the major features that separates the iPhone 5S from the iPhone 5.
4) Will come in gold
Another major separator, or something that should help make for a clearer distinction between the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5S is that the handset will come in gold. We’ve heard this rumor already, and All Things D, which is always spot-on has also confirmed it. Count on seeing this one.
5) Apple may release a 128GB model
Another rumor is that the iPhone 5S will be available in 128GB. The current rumor claims that this will be the case with the gold model, but we don’t see why Apple wouldn’t want to make that option available to users who want 128GB of storage on a white or black iPhone 5S.
6) iPhone 5S may allow for video at 120fps
The iPhone 5S may offer video recording at 120fps. This is very believable, and would make for great video. It means that users can film something in action and then watch it in slow motion with less visible distortion. We like this idea.
When Will We See it?
If all of this is real, we should see the iPhone 5S on September 10. Apple rumors have been surprisingly accurate lately, and the internet is good at finding information that the company has not revealed. It’s happened with the past few iPhone models, so we can count on much of the above being true.