Why You Should Wait for the iPhone 5S

There is no summer iPhone 5S release, but that doesn’t mean its too soon to start waiting for the iPhone 5S — in fact this is the time to start waiting for a new iPhone.

Apple just announced iOS 7, which delivers a completely new look for the operating system and a plethora of great new features and  it gives us a possible timeline for the iPhone 5S release.

iPhone 5S rumors are in full swing, and while we don’t expect the big upgrades like LTE and a bigger screen that the iPhone 5 brought to the table, we do expect Apple is planning iPhone 5S and iOS 7 features that will make it worth the wait.

Apple remains secretive about plans for a new iPhone in 2013, but companies that make the parts inside the iPhone aren’t aas tight lipped about the device, and are the source of leaks and photos that help us figure out what Apple is planning for the iPhone 5S this fall.

Read: 50 iOS 7 Features You’ll Actually Care About

The fact there there are so many unknowns about the iPhone 5S, and the likely hood of an iPhone 5S that looks like the iPhone 5 makes the decision to wait for the iPhone 5S tough.

Gotta Be Mobile is ready to help with a list of reasons iPhone buyers should wait for the iPhone 5S instead of buying the iPhone 5 right now. These reasons also apply to users thinking of buying an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S before September 2013 as well.

Multiple sources agree that the iPhone 5S release date will land in September or October. In addition to the supply chain leaks and analyst commentary, iPhone 4S upgrades are already coming due on many carriers for users who bought the iPhone 4S at launch.

iPhone 4S users are up for a new iPhone this month.

iPhone 4S users are up for a new iPhone this month.

Multiple Verizon Wireless accounts that purchased an iPhone 4S on contract are eligible for an upgrade in late June. Users who purchased an iPhone 4S on release date can get a new iPhone as early as June 14th.

Even if your account offers a cheap upgrade to the iPhone 5, it’s worth waiting for the iPhone 5S. Here’s why.

Expect New Exclusive Features

The new iPhone always arrives with new features. With an iPhone 5S, it’s possible that more of these features will arrive as software items, similar to Siri launching as an iPhone 4S exclusive, but there is a chance for new hardware features as well. Here are some things the iPhone

Read: What iOS 7 Tells Us About the iPhone 5S

Better Cameras

If one iPhone 5S feature is guaranteed it’s a better camera. Apple is focused on making the iPhone the go to camera for users and is offering a new camera app with iOS 7 in addition to launching a nationwide iPhone camera ad.

The iPhone 5S could feature a new camera.

The iPhone 5S could feature a new camera.

The iPhone 5S could see a 12MP or 13MP sensor that delivers better low light photos on the rear of the device. This new sensor could also come with a dual-LED flash that would offer more light when needed for a better flash experience. Apple could also boost the front facing camera to deliver sharper photos and 1080P FaceTime HD video calls.

Fingerprint Reader

The biggest rumor for the iPhone 5S is a fingerprint reader that will let users sign in with the swipe of a finger. This could also tie into a mobile payment system that secures credit cards with a fingerprint.

iCloud keeps credit cards on the iPhone

The new iCloud Keychain will bring your credit card to the iPhone this fall.

Apple announced iCloud Keychain as part of IOS 7 and OS X Mavericks. This service stores your payment information in iCloud, and keeps it on your devices. Right now this is aimed at making online payments, but if the iPhone 5S comes with a fingerprint reader maybe we will see a mobile payment portion built-in as an exclusive feature.

Secret iOS 7 Feature

Speaking of exclusive features. Apple is likely holding back a secret iOS 7 feature to show off at the iPhone 5S launch event. Apple did this with Siri on the iPhone 4S and we expect something similar to arrive on the iPhone 5S. This could be a new camera feature, something to do with mobile payments or something completely unexpected.

Possible New iPhone 5S Colors

The iPhone 5S will very likely look the same as the iPhone 5 with a 4-inch display and a aluminum back with a chamfered edge, but we could see new colors.

iPhone 5S colors like iPod Touch 2013

The iPhone 5S may come in color options.

Rumors point to Apple offering iPhone 5S color options similar to the iPod touch 5th generation. This could be tough to keep in stock at launch, but consumer demand for third party iPhone color services and cases as well as informal polling of iPhone owners indicates there is demand for a pink iPhone 5S or a gold iPhone 5S.

Faster Processor and Longer Battery Life

In addition to offering a better camera, Apple will very likely deliver a new processor on the iPhone 5S. This could be the Apple A6X processor from the iPad 4, which boasts better graphics abilities — to pair up with an iOS 7 iPhone controller.

Apple could also jump up to an Apple A7 processor which is rumored to be in the works by multiple Apple partners.

A new processor could offer better battery life for the iPhone 5S. Even adding a larger screen and 4G LTE, Apple increased iPhone battery life from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 5, and it’s likely we’ll see similar small boosts again.


Buying an iPhone 5 today means locking in for two years on most carriers, and on Verizon and AT&T it means locking in for a full two years with no early upgrade options. There’s no sense in buying an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S at this point as the phones are inching closer to the end of software updates. We are already seeing Apple drop features from the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S with the new iOS 7 release.

Read: iOS 7 Features Skipping iPhone 4S, iPad 3 & More

Even though the iPhone 5 will likely get iOS updates for the duration of the contract, when Apple announces new software in 2014 we will likely see features drop from the iPhone 5.

iPhone 5 Price Drop

If you are dead set on getting the iPhone 5, you’ve had it with the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S or whatever mid-range Android phone you are stuck with, would $100 convince you to wait for the iPhone 5S?


Expect a $100 iPhone 5 price drop when the iPhone 5S arrives.

Expect a $100 iPhone 5 price drop when the iPhone 5S arrives.

Apple drops the price of each previous iPhone by $100 when rolling out a new model, which means the iPhone 5 should drop to $99 when the iPhone 5S release arrives. That’s enough to buy a great iPhone 5 case, a spare lightning cable and cover tax.

It’s still worth saving up the extra $100 for the iPhone 5S, but if you are only planning on the iPhone 5, it’s a much better deal at $99.

It’s Only 3 or 4 Months

Apple is preparing to launch an iPhone 5S in 2013, and many sources agree that the iPhone 5S release is likely to come in the next three to four months.

Read: iPhone 5S Release & Rumor Roundup

Even with a rumored setback in production, sources claim the iPhone 5S launch is set for September, and Apple will likely offer up a release within 2 weeks of the launch.

At worst, users are likely looking at a wait until October for the iPhone 5S. Even though it seems like a long time, it makes sense to wait in order to get the new features especially if you lock into a two-year-contract.