Another year means another new iPhone model, and people have already started to predict what Apple's new device will do. Keep reading to check out all of the most popular rumors about the iPhone 5S.
Apple's famed Retina display is quickly becoming old news as new technologies are emerging. It won't be a big surprise if the new iPhone introduces a higher resolution screen. It may even utilize Sharp's brand new IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) display. This amazing new technology uses extremely low amounts of power and offers higher resolutions.
A popular rumor is that the iPhone 5S will add a fingerprint sensor. This new feature has been expected ever sinceApple acquired a company that specializes in this technology. Apple will supposedly use the new sensor to improve the security of mobile transactions.
The iPhone 5 already has a great camera that takes HD photos and works well in low-light situations. However, a popular rumor is that the iPhone 5S will improve the camera further. It's expected to have a "Super-HD" resolution of around 13-megapixels, which a big improvement over the current iSight camera.
Everyone figured that the iPhone 5 would be powered by a quad-core processor, but it contained Apple's dual-core A6 chip instead. It's rumored that the iPhone 5S swap out the A6 for the A6X quad-core processor. This computer chip should be more energy efficient and will deliver much more power to the device
Apple already offers the iPod in multiple colors, so why not the iPhone? It's likely that the iPhone 5S could come in more colors than just black or white. The most likely colors to be offered are blue and pink, but its unknown whether these models will have plastic or metal casing.
Near-field communication is the ability for one device to automatically communicate with another nearby device. NFC has been a buzzword in the mobile sector for years, but it hasn't caught on like most people expected. Still, some people suspect that the iPhone 5S will add NFC capability.
Wireless battery charging has been around for a couple years, but Apple may end up making the technology go mainstream with the iPhone 5S. Other devices require a special case to enable wireless charging, but the iPhone could have it built-in. While it would still offer plugged-in power, it would also be able to be recharged via a wireless charging pad.
It feels like Apple just worked out the kinks with iOS 6 (and there were a lot of them), but there are already rumors of iOS 7. A new release is always a convenient time to update your operating system. Even if this new operating system doesn't offer many new features, it would be a good PR move to get away from the old version.
Many smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note, are bringing back the stylus pen for precision writing and drawing. It's rumored that the iPhone 5S could be following suit. An onboard stylus could also mean a larger screen, but a major design change like that is not likely in an "S" version.
The iPhone 5 came out on September 21, 2012, so it's reasonable to assume that the iPhone 5S will come out around one year later. Rumors originally pegged the release for as early as May or June, but thanks to a production delay people are settling on August or September of 2013.