A new rumor from China claims Apple will release the iPhone 5S and a larger iPhone 6 in 2013, but the rumor appears less credible than the supply chain rumblings and analyst musings which normally account for the most believable iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 rumors.
The newest rumors comes via BrightWire, which points to a post on Laoyaoba where an individual claims that he has seen the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 at Apple suppliers and that we should expect an iPhone 5S release and an iPhone 6 release in 2013.
This source claims the iPhone 5S looks like the iPhone 5, which is expected and previously rumored. He also claims the iPhone 6 will feature a 5-inch display, similar to what we expect on the Galaxy S4.
Just like the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6, we can’t buy this rumor yet.
9to5Mac tracked down the source of the iPhone 5S and 5-inch iPhone 6 rumor and found that the rumor doesn’t add up, in part because the rumor is on a micro blog alongside uncorroborated rumors.
This is not the first time we’ve heard rumors of multiple iPhone sizes or a larger iPhone. Even before the iPhone 5 launched in 2012 there were rumors of two iPhones launching, a iPhone 5 and a larger iPhone. Recent reports show how Apple could launch an iPhone 5 and a 5-inch iPhone in the same year, but we’ve yet to see leaked parts or other credible rumors. Despite the lack of supporting information we’ve already seen one iPhone 6 render with a 5-inch display, shown below.
By comparison, rumors for the iPhone 5 with a 4-inch screen appeared on The Wall Street Journal in May, four months before the iPhone 5 launch. We are already seeing leaked parts that could be from the iPhone 5S, but there are no leaked parts to point to a 5-inch iPhone 6. Tim Cook recently dismissed the idea of a larger screen size for the upcoming iPhones.
Rumors point to an iPhone 5S that looks much like the iPhone 5, with a faster processor and a better camera. It is possible Apple will use new Sharp IGZO screen tech in the updated iPhone 5S, but there is no indication Apple will opt for a larger screen. There is speculation that Apple will include a hidden fingerprint reader in the iPhone 5S, something the company just won a patent for.
The latest credible rumors point to a summer iPhone 5S release date, likely at WWDC 2013. This includes reports from iLounge and from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, both of which have a good track record with Apple rumors.
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