iPhone 5S is rumored to ship in August

As the iWatch speculation dissipates, the focus once again turns to the next-gen Apple smartphone.

By Benzinga Mar 1, 2013 4:27PM
The Apple Inc. logo is displayed on the back of the new MacBook Pro David Paul Morris, Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBy Louis Bedigian 

It seems like only yesterday the whole world was focused on the possibility that Apple (AAPL) might be developing a watch.


Now that the enthusiasm has withered away, the rumor mill has shifted its focus to a more common target: the release of the next iPhone.


Very few bloggers and analysts are convinced that the iPhone 6 will arrive this year, prompting mountains of speculation that an upgraded iPhone 5 (presumably titled the iPhone 5S) will ship before the year's end.


In 2012, many rumors pointed to a winter 2013 release. Last month there were reports of a spring or early summer release. Now that winter is almost over, the release date has once again shifted. According to AppleInsider, the new date could be August 2013.


The Apple-centered publication also reported that Foxconn -- the manufacturer behind most of Apple's products -- will exclusively produce the iPhone 5S.


Little is known about the iPhone 5S, but many expect it to be a world phone that will allow Apple to produce one unit for a multitude of carriers.


This could feasibly eliminate some of the carrier-specific unit shortages that occurred in the United States, since AT&T (T), Sprint (S) and Verizon (VZ) users would able to purchase the same model. It would also allow Apple to manufacture one model for multiple carriers around the world.


AppleInsider speculated that one of them could be China Mobile (CHL), the largest cellular service provider in China. Many analysts believe that Apple's growth will be severely limited until it is able to sign a deal with China Mobile, which services nearly 700 million customers.


Despite this assessment, Apple has successfully increased sales of the iPhone during every fall quarter (reported as Apple's fiscal first quarter) for the past four years. In the fall of 2009, Apple sold 8.7 million iPhones. The company sold 16.24 million units during the same period in 2010.


One year later, Apple increased its sales by 128%, moving 37 million units. In the fall of 2012, iPhone sales achieved another milestone, reaching 47.8 million units.  


While those numbers have been enough to impress consumers, they do not seem to be having a positive effect on the investor community. Year-to-date, Apple is down more than 19%. The company has experienced steady declines for six months, dropping 33% since Aug. 31.


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Mar 1, 2013 7:14PM
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Who cares about another cell phone...
Mar 1, 2013 10:01PM
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I'm happy with my iPhone 4. I do not care about getting another phone of any kind, anytime soon.
Mar 2, 2013 12:19PM
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It's funny how people are railing on Apple about sucking money out of the consumers pockets and it's also STUPID.

 

Apple isn't FORCING anyone to buy the iPhone, people WANT it. Get over it.

Mar 1, 2013 7:53PM
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wow, another iFone...  yaaaawwwwwnnnnn....
Mar 2, 2013 7:48AM
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Gee, got to keep the Sheep buying, Morons will be sleeping on the sidewalks to get one, these people crack me up. All they are doing is making Apple employ more people overseas, its time to send Apple a message, everything Apple does is to avoid paying their fair share in taxes, What idiot would support a company like that.
Mar 1, 2013 9:02PM
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Tha't Apple and Microsoft for you. The annual high priced extortion. Every year it's the release of the next new product which is not so new or even all that great at all. Just so they can stick their hands into the cutomer's pocketbook. What? The first billion just not enough?

 

What a marketing plan.

Mar 1, 2013 8:17PM
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now with even even larger screen! -.-
Mar 2, 2013 3:55AM
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I heard on the iPhone5s Suri will cheat on you and file for simultaneous restraining order and divorce electronically. iPhone6 will correct this with a self-destruct button called the Tom Cruise option.
Mar 1, 2013 9:11PM
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I believe Apple has been dependent mainly on the revenue  from companies that buy their cell phones for their employee's twice a year. And that trend is fading fast. I can assume the iphone 5S will be $750.00 based on previous pricing. That means a company of 500 employees cost the company $375,000 for every new model upgrade regardless of bulk purchasing for discounts which would only make it slightly less. Which is nice, but unnecessary. I think the iphone is a great product but apple faces competition that is half the price. And I ultimately believe Apple will be in decline until our next economic boom. Apple simply doesn't offer enough to justify the price in today's market. 
Mar 2, 2013 8:04AM
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Gee- another I-phone to be released later- looks like a ploy to put brakes on the stock slide.  There will be some fools who will start camping out on the sidewalk to get the first one, but the slaves over in China are probably sabotaging every other component  they produce.  Apple reminds me of the " chicken race' in Rebel Without A Cause- they are headed for a cliff and their sleeve is caught on the door handle.
Mar 3, 2013 2:19AM
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I'm happy with my I phone 4. No siri but hey, its not the end of the world. I hate to upgrade only because verizon will lock me in to yet another 2yr contract and they'll change my calling plan because the one I'm using is no longer available. (unlimited data)
Mar 3, 2013 12:06AM
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Just about the time I will need a new one.

 

Mar 2, 2013 11:48AM
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Until Apple gets on board with making their phone a little wider now that they made it taller it is just another phone. I kept my iphone 4 as an mp3 player but opted for a Note 2 due to the larger screen. Iphones just don't have what it takes to make it a true mobile option to replace a pad or a laptop instead of lugging around multiple devices. My Note on the other hand pretty much does anything. Loved my iphone but size matters.
Mar 1, 2013 10:25PM
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I don't want to purchase anything until the technology is almost like Stark Technology - to become real... for example.. and transparent glass computer table... or a transparent phone. :P
Mar 2, 2013 4:34PM
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And the I6 will be out in September
Mar 2, 2013 1:11PM
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looking to get my first I phone. One comment I've heard is that they break easily, especially the glass. I need to have something that will take some abuse. I have a work supplied black berry that does take some abuse without damage. I have three young kids with ipods, and am still leaning toward a iphone, any comments from the iphone users would be appreciated.
Mar 3, 2013 3:20PM
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another Iphone, shiiiiiiittttt. o wait I think is coming in colors now. who wants to spend money or renew fo another 2 year.

 

Mar 2, 2013 9:33AM
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This is why Apple is a bad deal. Every 6 months or a year they want to add a feature or do a upgrade then roll out the red carpet and announce the "got to have phone" and people fall for it. Its a dam# cellphone. I've never seen a company like Apple that makes a fortune off the people who has to be the 1st on the block to own one. If you want to watch movies,youtube,facebook,twitter then get a netbook and use wifi its free. Its alot more economical. YOur NOT going to get $50 Unlimited Data with any carrier for any Android or Iphone,it'll be throttled at 1.5gb. You'll have to spend $100+ for talk and data plans and you have to have both. Apples been the biggest scam I've ever seen,
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