There have been conflicting reports this week over the due date of the iPhone 5S. The high profile financial and business website Bloomberg is quoting Taiwan’s Commercial Times, which claimed the launch will be delayed due to issues over the size of the display.
The Commercial Times reported that the design has been changed to feature a bigger 4.3in retina display screen, which has delayed the release date from the proposed September/October launch to the end of the year. The Times based its report on advice from unnamed sources in the semiconductor industry.
Bloomberg attempted to verify the rumour, but came up with nothing concrete.
Meanwhile, website Mac Rumors is highly sceptical of the report, but notes Bloomberg‘s reputation is giving it credence. “The claim is highly unlikely to be true, as Apple undoubtedly finalised the design of the iPhone 5S months ago and the company will reportedly begin mass production later this month. Regardless, the fact that the report was picked up by Bloomberg is giving it wide visibility,” says the website.
The website also notes that various reports are claiming that, whenever it arrives, the latest iPhone will look very similar to its immediate predecessor. “Photos of display assemblies claimed to be for the iPhone 5S have also surfaced, with those parts appearing nearly identical to the corresponding iPhone 5 parts with the exception of a change in orientation of the flex cable connectors that is compatible with the logic board layout from the prototype iPhone 5S.”
by Macworld Australia staff