Apple will released its next-generation iOS devices within six months, according to reports indicating the fifth-generation iPad will launch as soon as April, with the iPhone 5S set to drop in July or August.
A research paper from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo – via MacRumors – suggests the seventh-generation iPhone will launch in winter, possibly in July with a fingerprint scanner. iMore’s Rene Ritchie agrees with a winter arrival, however leans towards an August arrival.
Ritchie believes the new iPhone will bear a similar resemblance to the iPhone 5, with the Cupertino-based company focused on upgrading the handset’s internal features – as it did with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.
“Sources familiar with the plans have told iMore that the iPhone 5S does indeed have the same basic design as the iPhone 5, with a more advanced processor and an improved camera. With the iPhone 5, Apple reduced the thinness of the casing but managed to keep essentially the same, if not slightly better, overall quality,” Richie said.
“Given the dimensions, or lack-thereof, that in-and-of itself was a feat of engineering. With the iPhone 5S, the aim is to once again raise the bar in terms of iPhone optics, including a much better camera in essentially the same casing. No huge surprises there, given the past history of S-class iPhones.”
Apple’s two current tablet models will also receive updates in the coming months according to Ritchie, who predicts the iPad 5 will be redesigned and the second-generation iPad mini could ship with a Retina display.