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The 8 People Who Have Already Seen the iPhone 5S



At least 8 people outside of Apple’s testing facility likely know what the iPhone 5S looks like. They also know what new iPhone 5S features Apple will announce later this year, and members of this select group may even already know what the iWatch looks like.

This special group is Apple’s board of directors, including former vice president Al Gore, and Disney President Robert A. Iger. According to a recent talk by Arthur D. Levinson, the current chairman of the board, the members of the board see new Apple products long before the public.

Speaking to the Stanford Graduate School of Business Levinson shared the board of director’s role in new products, as reported by Fortune:

New products are presented to the board between 6 to 18 months prior to launch. If presented early enough, some board insights are taken into account, and those on the board with expertise in certain product areas may have more influence

With this in mind, and a rumored iPhone 5S release this summer, it is very likely that Al Gore and other members of the board know if the iPhone 5S will arrive with multiple iPod touch color options, or if a fingerprint reader is built-in to the iPhone 5S.

iPhone 5S render

The iPhone 5S render from Martin Hajek shows what the iPhone 5S mighty look like.

Back in 2011 Al Gore let slip the iPhone release date of October while talking at the Discovery Invest Leadership Summit. With any luck Al Gore will let the iPhone 5S release date slip while speaking at SXSW next month.

Read: 5 Best iPhone 5S Rumors So Far.

Just don’t expect the board of directors to have any say in the iPhone 5S. Levinson said, “The board is not there to define product specs,” rather, “It’s there as a sounding board.”

As AppleInsider points out, Steve Jobs mentioned that one of the board members planned to use the iPod nano as a watch when the new model launched in 2010, and shortly after that a plethora of watch accessories came to market. If Apple really is working on an iWatch, the board might already be offering input. Board member Millard Drexel is the CEO of J. Crew, and appears to be the only board member with “expertise” in fashion and watches.

iPhone 5S rumors point to a slightly updated iPhone with the same basic design and the same 4-inch display. There are hints that Apple could offer iPod touch like color options and a fingerprint reader as well. The latest iPhone 5S release rumors point to a summer release, even though Apple launched the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 in the fall.

Additional rumors claim Apple has over 100 employees working on an Apple watch, which some are calling the iWatch. The video below highlights some of the rumored iWatch features.

No matter what Apple has planned for the next iPhone, an iWatch or the iPad lineup, these are the people who know what’s coming to Apple Stores in 2013.



  1. iPhone 5S iOS 78

    02/20/2013 at 9:45 pm

    They are all doing a good job keeping a thigh lips about the iPhone 5S

    • walter raleigh

      05/02/2013 at 5:45 pm

      Apple has no choice but keep thing under tight wrap. Samsung is dying to see what Samsung can copy.

      • Anthony

        06/14/2013 at 1:17 am

        Wow, that was beyond funny. Did you think that up yourself? My advice to the haters and Apple lovers, just wait for the “8”, not the 5s or the 6. At least the 8 will have all of the features that the current android smart phone are offering today…don’t waste your money on iOutdated 5s…wait for the 8! Total fan boy .please never buy anything else…you can’t handle it. I’d it didn’t say “slide to unlock” you probably couldn’t unlock your phone…and I would venture to say that you aren’t alone!

        • Nom

          06/14/2013 at 4:49 am

          Someone got butt hurt

        • William

          07/07/2013 at 12:22 pm

          Ahh u just jealous!

          • Anthony

            07/10/2013 at 1:30 am

            You got me on that…..very jealous….I love not being able to use a piece of technology the way I want to use it…yea, very jealous….lol. Talk about walled garden!
            OH, I get it, I should be jealous that my phone has too many features…I don’t get what I should be jealous about..but okay, ill go with it if it make you feel better. (that’s my version of “AppleCare”)

  2. skeptic

    03/13/2013 at 12:23 pm

    I hope for Apple’s sake that the new phone has cursor keys on the keyboard and text reformatting/reflowing on pinch to zoom. Those are 2 issues could be fixed as options for those wanting the features. Their absence compel me to choose android.

    • Nicole

      06/18/2013 at 1:26 pm

      I agree. I was an android user before I bought my iPhone 5 earlier this year and I must say that I am totally disappointed. My 2 year old Android is far more advanced than iPhone 5. I miss the useful features that you mentioned such as cursor keys and better use of pinch to zoom. Another thing I hate about iPhone is how you have to individually go in and turn off the sound for each notification and then turn the sound off on texts/ phone calls when you don’t want to be disturbed when on an Android when you put your phone on vibrate every app/ feature automatically goes on vibrate without having to change the settings on every single thing! Ughh that is so annoying. While I’m at it, I also hate that my alarm sound won’t go off if I have my ringer on vibrate. Why? I don’t want to hear my phone ringing in the middle of night when I have to get up early in the morning. When I first got this phone, I overslept everyday for like a week straight because I would turn my phone on vibrate then when my alarm went off, I wouldn’t hear it. These seem like pretty simple features… I don’t understand why a device that is supposedly so technologically advanced does not include them.

      • electrify904

        06/19/2013 at 12:44 pm

        What planet are you living on? Did you not notice the vibrate switch on the side of the iPhone? Flip that switch and it silences everything except your alarm.

        iPhone has been this way since day 1 so don’t blame Apple for your own ignorance.

        • Nicole

          06/19/2013 at 4:14 pm

          Ummm actually the side buttons only turn the ringer volume up or down… You can’t even activate vibrate from the side buttons. Do you own an iPhone 5? Apparently you don’t…. Ignorance huh?

          • connor

            06/24/2013 at 1:02 pm

            he/she meant the small switch that you can click to the side…

          • UGotServed

            07/31/2013 at 7:41 am

            Nice one Nicole. Way to stick to your ignorant guns

          • Liz

            08/16/2013 at 1:01 pm

            Wow…. You are retarded @nicole

      • This guy

        07/27/2013 at 7:52 pm

        Actually u don’t have to go into the settings to do that, u just flu myths switch on the top left of the phone for vibrate and it vibrates everything, I don’t know what ur talking about, just because u don’t know how to use the phone doesn’t mean that it don’t work, just ur brain not working… And furthermore if u r not Apple fan then MayB u shouldn’t be on this website cuz this is for Apple thus for the people that just are so I love with the lame android, it does not have that many great features, and who care sabot the arrow keys, u don’t need cuz if u go on the text and hold ur finger down then u can slide ur finger to anywhere u want it to go, not that hard, actually easier, u just are use to something else so that’s y u don’t like it. But ts fine if u don’t like it, just think its funny on the reasons all u apple bashers bash apple, all the reasons are lame, I’ve tested all phones even that new Sony one, still apple fan, there is nothing apple prevents me from doing

  3. Steve Olexa

    04/02/2013 at 2:49 pm

    Enough what others think an iwatch would look like and what it would do. When apple comes out with one we will know. I’m just tired of meaningless speculation.

    • Xiggy4ever

      05/30/2013 at 5:01 am

      I Agree Completely!! Enuf With the BS guessing/speculation….

  4. Micheal

    04/02/2013 at 8:25 pm

    I really hope for a bigger screen on iPhone 5s ,it’s hard to read on a 4 inch screen or me ,

    • Larry

      04/08/2013 at 6:34 pm

      Wait for the iPhone 6 then, 4.8 inch

      • apple&samsunguser

        04/12/2013 at 4:20 pm

        And at that time, samsung will have galaxy s5 with 6 inch screen lol and galaxy tv :P

  5. Stevo

    04/09/2013 at 2:07 am

    With all the major hype for the new Galaxy S4 and all its cool bells and whistles, the folks at Apple are gonna have to really make the next Iphone 5s or 6 really kickass and have some really unique features. Otherwise Samsung will take even more market share. I have an original Samsung Galaxy Fascinate 4G and its still a smokin phone. Cant wait for a couple more weeks to finally get the new S4. Personally I love Android and to me Apple Iphones are well made but they have a “Gated Community” feel to the company Apple. The constantly new freedoms with Android and the Apps are fun and cool whereas to me Apple is a bit slow in releasing new features etc. Samsung seems to be on top of the innovation battle. But im not a techy, just an major Samsung Android fan, especially the Galaxy series. The Galaxy phones are so fun and neat to play with and explore new Apps and phone features etc! Lol 2 more weeks!! Lol But the Iwatch sounds realy sweet, ill buy one of those for sure, if it has audio/video features which im sure it will. :)

    • Anthony

      06/14/2013 at 1:29 am

      Sony Smart Watch – I saw and used it at CES 2013 in January. It is the FIRST real OEM branded Bluetooth watch that is NOT restricted and can work with other phones besides Sony. I can’t wake to see their updated version next year!

      But now if Apple makes one, I guess all others before don’t count since they will claim they invented it…go away Apple…

  6. apple&samsunguser

    04/12/2013 at 4:25 pm

    I own galaxy note 2 now after long using iphone 3g, 3gs, 4, 4s… ios 6 was a great fail… so came to android and note 2 release took my breath as I love the s pen features and im an artist, it just makes it look way better than any iphones used….

    • steve b.

      04/12/2013 at 5:21 pm

      Apple+samsunguser, Does the note you have use the new Processors? If so which one? Theres the new Octa-processor (8 core) and the Snapdragon ( 4 core). I want to get the new Galaxy S4 but I think Canada only gets the Snapdragon Processor and I want the 8 core Octa-processor. You also said you really like the Note, what other features does it have that you like besides the Art stuff? Cheers :)

  7. ArloB

    04/25/2013 at 6:41 pm

    Nothing really new, not really impressed. As for all the iWatch stuff floating around. Apple have just used someone else’s concept as usual. I eagerly await all the new patient’s they will file for innovations and inventions that others have put time and money into. All of Apples products are stale and Apple also own you when you buy one of their products. Their best product, in my view, is the iPad.

  8. gamerscul9870

    04/27/2013 at 6:23 am

    This is going to be the most innovative thing yet, if the iWatch will have built in projectors, this will instantly beat android fags!

    • mm

      05/10/2013 at 8:38 pm

      Listen to u ya clown, androids wipes the floor with your stale crappy iphones. Steve jobs was a knob. Like yourself

    • trob6969

      05/16/2013 at 11:09 am

      Actually there was already an Android phone on AT&T a few years back that had a projector on it, and the Motorola Atrix has a fingerprint reader on it, and it too came out several years back.

    • MadCow789

      06/26/2013 at 4:58 pm

      Innovative? Okay, Sony already have smartwatches out there, and there’s already a Samsung phone touting a projector. And that’s from last year.

  9. DON

    05/04/2013 at 7:05 am


    • fpvrcmower

      06/11/2013 at 4:29 am

      What about retro ios7 doe all the early adopters who funded apple growth. I have first generation iPod touch, iPad wifi, and now 3GS. Also a mini mac with intel chip. We invested $1,000s to get the company where it is and cook and the boards members are serving us shit.

      • Apple2Forever

        06/17/2013 at 11:58 pm

        Ah, you are feeling the Apple Burn….funny how history repeats itself. Just think back 20 years ago to the Famous Apple2’s. Wow, what a goose that Steve “Jesus” Jobs killed…what a absolute jackass.

    • Anthony

      06/14/2013 at 1:30 am

      Lol, perfect for little girly hands. I agree.

  10. Kyle

    05/17/2013 at 7:37 pm

    Switching from long time iPhone when Note 3 comes out. After Apple gets buried for resting on their laurels and dropping the ball with the 5 and prob 6 they will have to take a hit on their ipad mini sales and compete with Samsungs real size phones. Prob switch back to Apple in a few years after they realize Samsung is pulverizing them and give in to what the masses want not what they’ve mapped out.

  11. Haroon

    05/31/2013 at 11:56 pm


    • Anthony

      06/14/2013 at 1:33 am

      Why how, wait for the 8!


      Buy something much better available now.

  12. Ronnie

    07/02/2013 at 10:47 pm

    You all can bash the iPhone 5 all you want I just dumped a g3 for it and other then the battery ain’t as good I never have another huge screen droid phone I guess you get what you like but I’ve had them all and when they are all dead the apple will still be kicking their asses!!

  13. sarah

    07/13/2013 at 9:40 am

    my favourite fruit is apple

  14. John W

    08/20/2013 at 10:09 pm

    actually….thousands of chinese have also seen the iPhone 5s right?like the workers?

    • sarah

      08/21/2013 at 2:50 am

      yeah well he did say ‘at least’ ;)

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