Rumor: iPhone 5S to launch on Sept 20th, low-end model to follow weeks later

After the unveiling of iOS 7, lots of folks are anxiously waiting to see what Apple has cooking on the hardware front. The long-awaited iPhone 5S is likely to launch sometime later this summer or in early autumn keeping true to Apple’s previous launch schedules. But there’s also the rumored low-end iPhone dubbed by some iPhone Light or iPhone 6. And what about the new wearable smart device, the iWatch?

Dave Smith, of International Business Times, has taken a look at all of Apple’s previous launches and he’s done some math that points towards a launch date of September 20th for the iPhone 5S. According to Smith this will come 2 days after the public release of iOS 7 which takes place exactly 100 days after its first unveiling at WWDC, a timetable that Apple previously followed for iOS6.

The new lower end iPhone, dubbed iPhone 6, is expected to launch a few weeks after the high end version, so folks that are interested get to experience and learn about the new device without all the hustle and bustle of the 5S launch. Both devices are expected to be announced somewhere around September 10th at an Apple event.

According to all the rumors, supposedly leaked images and general knowledge that’s flowing around, the iPhone 5S is expected to be somewhat of a substantial iteration of the previous iPhone. The new device is supposedly upgraded with a better camera, dual-LED flash, a new Apple-designed CPU, and a new fingerprint scanner embedded in the Home button that would make passwords on the device redundant.

In terms of design, the low-end iPhone Light/iPhone 6/iPhone Vaporware, is supposedly a mix and match between the iPhone 5, the latest iPod Touch and, surprisingly, the iPod Classic. However the casing is expected to be mostly plastic and come in a variety of colors.  According to Smith, Apple will use the same approach for the iPhone Light as they do with the iPod Touch: similar design and capabilities but without some of the bells and whistles that the higher end model gets.

Finally the iWatch, as well as new iPad models, including a Retina iPad Mini, are expected to be announced and launched sometime in October in time for the holiday season.

Now of course you have to bear in mind that almost everything noted above is rumor and logic. While this info does make sense and is based on Apple’s previous behavior, it’s not confirmed in any way and right now it represents little more than wishful thinking.

Source: IBTimes | Images via Apple, iPortal and MacRumors

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Spicoli said,
Sarcasm? It looks like a child's toy watch.

I guess you meant ipod nano6. check out sony's latest smartwatch 2, which is android capable and water resistant( not proof). it really looks like something i'll be wearing around.

A low- cost iPhone could be useful. Many people have second phones and want access to their established ecosystem.

I don't understand why Apple would or why people think they would make a cheaper iPhone that made out of plastic etc.

Surely they could just take the iPhone 4 lets say and call it something new and make that the new low cost iPhone. I mean look on sites like gumtree and ebay and a 8GB iPhone 4 brand new sells for about £180. Why not just mass produce them? Same great build quality but just sell it for like £220 or something like that.

Plus we know it will run iOS 7. Fact is I wouldn't be surprised if the iPhone 4 could run iOS 8 and maybe even 9 if Apple kept up support for it, as while the specs are old I don't see any major advances in the OS that means it would struggle to run it. You'll miss out a few feature like SIRI but thats a feature you'd expect to lose with a lower cost phone.

Richard Cousins said,
I don't understand why Apple would or why people think they would make a cheaper iPhone that made out of plastic etc.

Surely they could just take the iPhone 4 lets say and call it something new and make that the new low cost iPhone. I mean look on sites like gumtree and ebay and a 8GB iPhone 4 brand new sells for about £180. Why not just mass produce them? Same great build quality but just sell it for like £220 or something like that.

Plus we know it will run iOS 7. Fact is I wouldn't be surprised if the iPhone 4 could run iOS 8 and maybe even 9 if Apple kept up support for it, as while the specs are old I don't see any major advances in the OS that means it would struggle to run it. You'll miss out a few feature like SIRI but thats a feature you'd expect to lose with a lower cost phone.


I've also heard of ios7 running badly on iphone4. seed1.

iPhone 5S, iPad gen5 and the iWatch could be a very expensive year. Or a really big let down with nothing worthwhile to spend money on.

Dave Smith, of International Business Times, has taken a look at all of Apple's previous launches and he's done some math that points towards a launch date of September 20th for the iPhone 5S.

So he's done some numerology and that's the entire basis for this. Looks too much like those end-of-world predictions that never come true.

20legend said,
Low-end Iphone - Jobs will be turning in his grave.......

He told them to never think 'What would Steve have done'. So no, don't think he will. All companies evolve.

20legend said,
Low-end Iphone - Jobs will be turning in his grave.......

A large part of the Android dominance is because of low-end phones. It makes sense that Apple wants to be there. Altough growing, it wasn't an as big problem for Apple when Jobs was alive and designed the iPhone 4 & 4S as it is today.

Northgrove said,

A large part of the Android dominance is because of low-end phones. It makes sense that Apple wants to be there. Altough growing, it wasn't an as big problem for Apple when Jobs was alive and designed the iPhone 4 & 4S as it is today.

But if apple takes the regression step back to using plastic anywhere other than home button i would start to worry about the health condition of Jobs in grave.

But low cost computers have been earning Microsoft (and whatever third parties) money for years... Apple have never chased them, so why bother with this product?

I'm just afraid of apple's releasing more products like this. Not attractive design, not attractive pricing. Palette is also somewhat foreign. I would pay a little more for a fullspeced one. Lol

If they bring out the 5s with same screen size and the iPhone 6 is a cut down version with nothing to respond to the s4 then they will see their market share half once again to $200 a share. Bringing a low spec version that can run ios7 will be interesting to see. And if they also launch a big screen 6 it could be a good mix.

T1OOO said,
If they bring out the 5s with same screen size and the iPhone 6 is a cut down version with nothing to respond to the s4 then they will see their market share half once again to $200 a share. Bringing a low spec version that can run ios7 will be interesting to see. And if they also launch a big screen 6 it could be a good mix.

The iPhone 5S will look the same as the 5, thats almost certain and the low-end iPhone wont be competing with the s4... i cant see it being called the iPhone 6 either, it need to be known as a different line to avoid confusing people. Also, i don't think the spec is going to be so bad, at the end of the day it still needs to be capable of running iOS7 properly as well as all of the apps on the AppStore, they aren't going to restrict purchases of high end apps that wont run very well are they? It will be cheaper based on plastic, maybe lower quality display, poor camera, therefore allowing a cheaper battery.. the cpu/mem/gpu internals will probably still match or be close to the proper iphone.

Uplift said,
they aren't going to restrict purchases of high end apps that wont run very well are they?

They are arrogant enough to actually try something like that.

I do agree with your other points though.

T1OOO said,
If they bring out the 5s with same screen size and the iPhone 6 is a cut down version with nothing to respond to the s4 then they will see their market share half once again to $200 a share. Bringing a low spec version that can run ios7 will be interesting to see. And if they also launch a big screen 6 it could be a good mix.

$200 a share again?? I think you are mistaken when you say to respond to the S4 the screen has to be bigger. Apple are not chasing its tail like Samsung. 4" is fine and many people want that size. If they didn't the 5 wouldn't have sold.

Uplift said,

The iPhone 5S will look the same as the 5, thats almost certain and the low-end iPhone wont be competing with the s4... i cant see it being called the iPhone 6 either, it need to be known as a different line to avoid confusing people. Also, i don't think the spec is going to be so bad, at the end of the day it still needs to be capable of running iOS7 properly as well as all of the apps on the AppStore, they aren't going to restrict purchases of high end apps that wont run very well are they? It will be cheaper based on plastic, maybe lower quality display, poor camera, therefore allowing a cheaper battery.. the cpu/mem/gpu internals will probably still match or be close to the proper iphone.

That is what I suspect as well. Performance wise, it will perform because it doesn't make much sense for Apple to limit performance (the cheaper components won't save them much). When it comes to the chassis design, camera quality, and the screen quality, there are a lot of ways to save cost on all of those. I wouldn't be surprised if this iPhone "lite" was also 3G only w/ no LTE. Maybe not....