When Will the iPhone 5S Be Released? [Predictions]

Posted March 22, 2013 at 6:12pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 19866 views

Apple is widely expected to offer an updated 'iPhone 5S' this year but when will it be released?

Here's what the analysts and sites are predicting:

RBC's Amit Daryanani: "Our supply-chain checks indicate that... AAPL will launch the iPhone5s and a more affordable but lower-end iPhone at the same time, in either late CYQ2 or early Q3. The low-end iPhone will have the same 4" form factor as the iPhone5 but will have plastic casing and no retina display... The product may have lower GMs than iPhone5/5s but should be accretive to AAPL's corporate GMs of 38%. Hence, we estimate this could contribute $22B in revenues and $5.00+ in EPS in CY14E, which suggests the product could be worth $50+ to AAPL's stock price."

Cannacord's T. Michael Walkley: "Based on our handset market analysis and discussions with suppliers, we believe Apple could launch a refreshed iPhone 5S this summer or during Q3/C2013 versus our initial expectation for a launch in June. Further, with a host of impressive recently launched high-end Android smartphones expected to ramp in Q2/C2013, we believe Apple could lose smartphone market share during 1H/C2013 and have reduced our Q3/F2013 iPhone estimates... We also believe Apple will launch a more competitively priced mid-tier iPhone for pre-paid international markets and have adjusted our F2014 estimates and ASP assumptions."

Credit Suisse's Kulbinder Garcha: "Our checks in conjunction with our Asian team point to Apple not only refreshing the iPhone 5 mid-year but also a specifically targeted low-end iPhone. We believe in aggregate this a positive as it can sustain top and bottom line growth (giving upside to our FY13/14 EPS of $44.92/$54.03), deal with the competitive ecosystem and volume threat from Android/Samsung and continue to drive growth in Apple's installed base."

DigiTimes: "The sources pointed out that if the components are all shipped smoothly, manufacturers should be able to deliver the new iPhones to retail channels in 1-2 weeks for them to be ready to sell in the third quarter."

iMore: "iMore has learned that Apple is planning the release of the iPhone 5S for this summer, currently for August. Next generation iPads, presumably the iPad 5 and potentially the iPad mini 2, may also debut as soon as this April."

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo: "We expect Apple will introduce its new iPhones and iOS7 in June, and start shipping the new iPhones (5S and low-cost model) in the FDD version in July. Both dates are earlier than last year’s roadmap. We attribute this to: (1) an effort to avoid repeating the fatal mistake of last year of the delayed iPhone 5 launch, which gave competitors room to grab market share; and (2) the new iPhones this year are mainly designed on the basis of the current iPhone 5, which suggests development time could be reduced."

iLounge: "The iPhone 5S is still months away from mass production, but our source suspects that the star feature will be an upgraded rear camera—perhaps featuring Sony’s 13-Megapixel sensor, plus the aforementioned flash upgrade—along with a processor bump. Current prototypes are codenamed N51 and N53, with July mentioned as the target date."

Commercial Times: Apple will announce three new iPhone models in 2013, and two of them, the 4-inch iPhone 5S and 4.8-inch iPhone Math (both featuring 8-mega-pixel cameras), will hit markets before the end of June, China Times reported citing Taiwan-based Commercial Times.

It would appear that the consensus right now is a July launch for the iPhone 5S.


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patrick sheppard - March 25, 2013 at 4:35pm
Been in love with my iphone since the iphone 3G, however as much as i love iphone and the quality of apple products if they can't offer something more groundbreaking than a faster processor and better camera in the 5S then I may just get a Galaxy S4 or HTC when my contract ends in october.
Nostril Whore - March 25, 2013 at 11:56am
I wanna shove the iPhone 5S up my nostril.
zetaprime - March 23, 2013 at 3:11pm
Why do they keep pulling this S crap instead of just releasing a truly new phone each year? Other companies don't seem to be treading water for an extra year like Apple has been doing.
John - March 22, 2013 at 7:28pm
For the first time I'm considering going android, Samsung and Sony are doing well. It all depends on iphone 5s. Hopefully Apple will wake up, iOS is great.
Ismael santos from. Boston - March 22, 2013 at 7:26pm
I wanna. Know. When is. The official release. ???
JGin - March 22, 2013 at 11:46pm
Then you will. Have to. Wait. Until Apple announces. The OFFICIAL. RELEASE DATE.
Fucked up Logic - March 23, 2013 at 8:42am
Lmao.
Kemal Abi - March 24, 2013 at 9:53am
What. The. Fuck. Are. You. Talking. About? Go. Fuck.Your.self.
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