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iPhone 5S Release: What to Expect This Fall



Apple made one of its biggest announcements of the year earlier this week in the form of its new iOS 7 operating system that will be touching down this fall. Of course, iOS 7 won’t be the only big announcement that the company makes in 2013 as it likely has new hardware on the way including a new iPad, new iPad mini 2, and of course, a new iPhone thought to be called the iPhone 5S.

Earlier this week, at WWDC 2013, Apple unveiled its brand new mobile operating system in iOS 7, it software that will be heading to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners later this year. The software represents a significant departure from the previous releases of iOS which featured similar designs while incorporating new features.

iOS 7 sports a new flatter design to go along with the new features including AirDrop and changes to all of Apple’s core applications including the camera app and Safari.

Initially, it was thought that Apple would be pairing an iPhone launch with iOS 7 at WWDC. However, as we now know, WWDC 2013 came and went without a new iPhone model. That doesn’t mean that Apple doesn’t have a new piece of hardware on tap for 2013 though. In fact, rumors are swirling about a new iPhone, the iPhone 5S, touching down later on this year to supplant the iPhone 5.

The device is thought to be another incremental Phone ‘S’ release which in the past, has meant that Apple keeps the previous year’s design while attaching on a host of improvements. This year’s iPhone 5S is thought to have an upgraded processor, a new camera and a fingerprint scanner for extra security.

While those are important to consumers, so is the iPhone 5S release date and here, we take an in-depth look at what to expect from the unannounced iPhone 5S release date.

iPhone 5S Release in the Fall

iOS 7 is coming this fall. The iPhone 5S likely is too.

iOS 7 is coming this fall. The iPhone 5S likely is too.

Every year, Apple releases a new version of iOS. And every year, to accompany that new version of software, Apple releases a piece of hardware called the iPhone. Last year, it was iOS 6 and the iPhone 5 and the year before that it was iOS 5 and the iPhone 4S. This year, it will be iOS 7 and an unannounced but heavily rumored device thought to be the iPhone 5S.

While rumors suggest that Apple may be looking at releasing more than one iPhone this year, it’s probable that even if there are two iPhones, that Apple will keep the design of the iPhone 5 for at least one of the devices and name it the iPhone 5S.

So if iOS 7 is coming out in the fall, then the new iPhone is coming out in the fall and that means the iPhone 5S release date will more than likely land in fall.

What this means is that a new iPhone could land anywhere between September and November though right now, rumors insist on September as a likely release date for the iPhone 5S, a date that would follow in the footsteps of the iPhone 5 release back in 2012.

Different Date Than iOS 7 Release

While both the iPhone 5S and iOS 7 will likely make their arrivals sometime in the fall, consumers should expect their release dates to fall on different dates. Typically, Apple will issue release dates at the iPhone launch event and offer up an iOS release date that takes place several days before the arrival of the new iPhone.

This means that owners of its older devices get first dibs on the new software. This should be expected with iOS 7 and the iPhone 5S. Apple will likely offer an iOS 7 release date that falls a few days ahead of the iPhone 5S release and owners of the iPhone 4 and above, iPad 2 and above and iPod touch fifth-generation will be able to download and install the new update, which, we might add, will likely be vastly different than the beta that is out right now.

Pre-Order Ahead of Release Date

Like all iPhones, buyers should expect an iPhone 5S pre-order to arrive at all of its launch carriers. Generally, the pre-order is about a week out from the release date and we expect the same from this iPhone.

Consumers should expect an iPhone 5S pre-order. And a difficult one at that.

Consumers should expect an iPhone 5S pre-order. And a difficult one at that.

What we also expect is that the iPhone 5S will be available for pre-order at a few more places than just Apple, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. With T-Mobile now carrying the iPhone 5 and U.S. Cellular announcing its intention to carry the iPhone later this year, we could potentially see five major carriers offering pre-orders ahead of time.

This is by no means confirmed but it appears likely. Consumers should also expect the websites of carriers and Apple’s own website to be extremely difficult to access at the start of pre-orders.

A Sell Out

Potential iPhone 5S buyers should expect a sell out.

Potential iPhone 5S buyers should expect a sell out.

Pre-orders are nice for those that want to get their device on day one. However, in the case of Apple and the iPhone, pre-ordering a new iPhone matters as stock typically is limited and the device is known to sell out prior to launch.

In the case of the iPhone 5, it was impossible to buy ahead of its release date and we expect the same from the iPhone 5S, even if it’s viewed as an incremental iPhone release.

Whether Apple intentionally keeps supply low to drive demand and attention is not known but we fully expect the same thing to happen with the iPhone 5S, even if demand is weaker than it was for the iPhone 5.

iPhone Price Drops and Disappearances

On the day that the iPhone 5S goes on sale, consumers should expect the iPhone 5 to still be available but drop down to a less expensive $99 price point. Apple typically does this when it releases a new iPhone and by putting the iPhone 5 at $100 on-contract, with a full-fledged iOS 7 update in tow, it makes it an attractive option versus the various cheap Android smartphones on the market. Carriers should also follow suit.

The iPhone 5 won’t be the only older iPhone to see a change either. The iPhone 4S should take the place of the iPhone 4 and become free on-contract with the iPhone 4 simply getting discontinued like the iPhone 3GS was last year.

Those looking for an iPhone bargain will more than likely have to wait for the iPhone 5S release before seeing a significant one.



  1. Michael Anderson

    06/15/2013 at 5:37 am

    I really would buy the iPhone 5S because if you noticed that all the S’s in Apple’s line had to do with a feature, not hardware. The 3GS was for speed, the 4S was Siri, and the 5S could’ve size, but I doubt Apple would keep making their phone bigger.

    • Chris M

      06/15/2013 at 2:42 pm

      The S had nothing to do with speed on the 3GS. The big feature of the 3GS was its ability to take video.

      • Sarah B

        06/16/2013 at 8:59 am

        it was for speed.

  2. John

    06/15/2013 at 10:05 am

    I’ve got an iphone5 and iPad mini and iPad retina display Model and their all great? Apple Are just greedy if they release another model so soon as I need to buy 4 of each for the children even b4 my wife or I even think of one for ourselves.That apart Apple products are the Bees Knees

    • BusinessMan

      06/15/2013 at 11:06 am

      wtf? four for the children…

    • Ardvark

      06/15/2013 at 2:52 pm

      You don’t “need” to buy anything. Tell them to get a job.

      • IOSFan

        06/15/2013 at 7:32 pm

        I completely agree Ardvark.

      • Xander

        06/15/2013 at 9:49 pm

        I’m sorry, did he say Apple was being greedy, wtf indeed!

      • jbug

        06/16/2013 at 1:37 pm


  3. jizzing hella hard

    06/15/2013 at 9:23 pm

    learn how to pull out bro.

  4. Sam

    06/16/2013 at 10:28 am

    Apple is a for-profit company. Why would they do anything other than release improvements every year, convince everyone to buy the latest Apple device, and reap the benefits? Why complain about product improvements too soon. Just look at Moore’s law.

  5. jbug

    06/16/2013 at 1:39 pm

    It needs to be multitasking like samsung note 2 n them ill buy one

  6. Jackie Stait

    06/16/2013 at 1:47 pm

    My contract with o2 ends in September but I can actually upgrade from today so I will probably get the iPhone 5S with them although I have the iPhone 5 with EE at present so it depends on what deal they will offer me.

    • Kokis

      06/17/2013 at 7:57 am

      Yea, I still have iphone 4 and badly want iphone 5 but I’ll wait til sept to upgrade! I love apple and their technology/upgrades!! :)

  7. Grace Marrero

    08/27/2013 at 12:57 am

    I have had every iPhone…… I’m waiting patiently for iPhone 5s to get it!!! #lovemyiphone!!!

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