Analyst doubles down: iPhone 5S with fingerprint sensor coming this summer

By , Mar 5, 2013

iPhone 5 camera

Back in January, KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo revealed, what he believed to be, Apple’s product roadmap for 2013. Kuo is known to have well-placed sources in Apple’s supply chain, and has been accurate in the past, so his predictions tend to carry more weight than others.

The report claimed, among other things, that Apple is planning to release an iPhone 5S—complete with faster processor, improved camera and built-in finger print sensor—alongside the long rumored budget iPhone, this summer. And today, Kuo doubled down on his claims…

The analyst issued a new research report this morning, alleging that Apple will unveil its iPhone 5S, as well as a lower-cost handset, along with iOS 7 this June. He says initially it will only support the FDD standard, but a China Mobile-friendly TDD version is also on the way.

Here’s an excerpt from the report (via MacRumors):

“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.”

Kuo goes on to say that the 5S will be running a faster A7 processor and feature an improved camera with a new Smart Flash system, which can use a white or yellow flash based on lighting conditions. He also believes a fingerprint sensor will be located under the Home button.

As for the cheaper ‘budget’ iPhone, Kuo is calling for a hybrid casing made of fiberglass and plastic that will make it lighter and slimmer than general plastic casing, and easier to make in various colors. It will, however, still be thicker and heavier than the current model iPhone.

Not only does Kuo’s new report reiterate his previous claims, but it also lines up nicely with several other reports. We’ve heard from multiple outlets that Apple is on the verge of launching a budget handset. And other accurate insiders have talked about the 5S’ new flash system.

I’m still not sold on the whole fingerprint sensor idea, and I think that a June release is too soon, as it would eliminate users whose carriers let them upgrade every 12 months, like myself, from opening weekend. But hey, it seems like anything can happen with Apple at this point.

  • Share:
  • Follow:
  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Lol, so iConcept predicted the iPhone 5S in it’s iPhone 5 YouTube concept.

  • Boss

    How people going to know I’ve upgraded if it looks the same :(

    • Mohammed Sahib

      You sound like the main reason for upgrading is to ‘SHOW OFF’.

      • http://twitter.com/igno7um ignotum name

        It is not the main reason but it is one of the reasons.

        Why does a famous rich artist buy a Bugatti or those super expensive cars? …To show off.

        Yeah they are fast, luxurious, and expensive, but why not just buy a cheaper car that offers the same quality for less?

        Because it lets people know “hey that guy has a Bugatti”

        So yeah for example the 4S a year ago when I got it everybody had an iPhone 4 even broke ghetto people so it was like whatever

        There’s nothing to distinguish really but even though you know you have better phone than others you still not satisfied with not showing it off

        that’s the way humans are wired to think and act
        I am happy with my iphone 5 now and unless the 5S is a really good update then I won’t get it because iphone 5 is already fast enough for what I use it for..

        if the 5S is faster than the 5 and it has a 10Mpix camera but looks the same I don’t care

        if it had something to differentiate from the 5 then i might think about it twice..

        so looks do matter and “show off” matters but it’s not the most important factor in deciding to buy something or not, but it is a factor.

        what if I told you that the blackberry z10 was twice as better as the iphone 5 and it was true would you get it?

        i wouldn’t just because there are so many iphones and androids that are better according to all the people that didn’t know the z10 is better, otherwise I would have the best phone in the world but nobody would be able to say “Oh, you have a z10? I wish I had one”

        so the show off part does affect our decisions in buying some things.

        of course not all people are the same and some don’t care about the show off part but think about how many times you have bought something because it is better than what your peers have..

        if you’ve never done so then disregard this reply because it means nothing to you

      • Mohammed Sahib

        I get your point. The first Apple product I bought is the iPad 2. To start with I am a PC enthusiast, I custom-build my PCs, overclock them and tweak them, and until about 1 year ago I hated Apple’s closed ecosystem and proprietary standards. But being a postgraduate student, I needed a good tablet to take all my medical ebooks with me, and to use it for powerpoint presentations on an old projector I have at the shcool. All available tablets in my country at that time could not connect to a VGA monitor or projector, only the iPad had such an accessory, add to that the 4:3 screen is more suited for ebook reading than the android’s 16:9 or 16:10 screens, so I picked the iPad 2 at May 2012, and I did not upgrade ever since and I may not upgrade as long as it fulfills my needs. In other words, I purchase my stuff based on facts and usefulness rather than the ‘cool’ or ‘show off’ factor. Similarly I bought an iPhone simply because it is the only choice I had with 64 GB which is hardly enough for my music / app collection and I got used to iOS simple and fluid experience.

  • Kurt

    I think its time for a replaceable battery. Enough with the shenanigans, Apple.

    • http://twitter.com/NerFTed Jason Duong

      Whens the last time any of us “really” needed a replaceable battery.

      • Kurt

        When I play a game like gangstar or watch videos or…Then my battery drops fast. To the point I have to stop playing. Because I need a phone to make calls and SMS. So, that’s when.

      • iBanks

        Then get an iPod touch and an basic flip phone and you’ll be able to do all the above. Just place your phone on a charger while playing and you’ll be fine. Either way, you still have to stop playing to answer that phone call or replace the battery, no?

      • Kurt

        Clever idea! But I want a Note 3 :D but definitely clever

      • Lordthree

        Note 3? You sick fuck

      • Mohammed Sahib

        If not a replaceable battery, Apple should at least make the battery last for 3 days of normal use and 1 full day of heavy use as a minimum. I am so disappointed with the iPhone 5 battery, itdoesn’t last a single day of moderate use.

      • http://twitter.com/NerFTed Jason Duong

        My iPhone 5 lasts 2 days with moderate use. Just exaggerating are we?

      • iBanks

        Some people never take into consideration the 2,000 text messages they send a day, plus the 500 emails they receive daily on twitter and FB alerts, plus the push notifications, plus the connection to the wireless network, plus the BT connected to their phone, plus the talk time used, plus the videos they watch, and the brightness set to max and the display coming on throughout the day, all are factors of the battery life, and they consider this moderate use. Lol!

      • Mohammed Sahib

        Five possibilities: 1- I was lying/exaggerating, 2- you were lying exaggerating, 3-I have a bad i5 unit and you have a good one, 4-we have different software configuration/apps, or 5- we differ in what we call ‘moderate’ use.
        Pick what you want. I honestly would go with the combination of 3, 4 and 5. And especially No.5: I did not spend $850 on a phone to only receive calls, text a little and surf the web for 30 minutes/day. I game for about an hour a day, listen to music for 2-3 hours, with push notifications for facebook and one email account. And usually the battery is 20% or lower at 8 PM in spite of charging it overnight. In other words: I need to charge it twice per day. Disappointing.
        Edit: I have no LTE in my country (we are still on 2G) and I do not use cellular data, my only source of internet is my home’s wifi, so no wifi at work either.

      • iBanks

        LOL @ complaining about spending $850 on a phone to receive calls and text but YET you spent $850 on an phone that you have limited it’s capabilities to your home. What a waste.

      • Isa Altintas

        Apple can’t make the battery last for 3 days, for that you’ll need more mAh and more mAh means a bigger screen or it wont fit in the phone’s size. And technology didn’t advance enough to fit more mAh in smaller designs. And most iOS users don’t like big screens so we gotta keep on dreaming about that

      • http://www.facebook.com/william.cassidy.31 William Cassidy

        I totally disagree. I’m using an iPhone 5 right now, but I miss my Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The screen size is a big deal to me. I feel like Apple completely missed the boat on screen size and that’s why significant numbers of people are jumping over to the Galaxy 3, or Note 2. I think Apple was a little too full of themselves when they refused for 2 years to up the screen size. As a result, they now have to play catch up, and just to keep it real, playing catch up without Steve Jobs is not a position Apple would want to be in. 4.5″ should be a solid baseline for the iPhone. And quit patching Jail Breaks if they won’t incorporate “tweaks” like quick reply, theming like WinterBoard, a restart option instead of just power off, and several others…

      • smtp25

        Yep only thing I like about Android (well samsung reall) phones is that they tend to have the larger screens

      • Mohammed Sahib

        What I meant and what I always say is: The world needs a new battery tech, a break-through, to make the batteries catch up with the rest of hardware. Such breakthrough may be all what Apple needs to gain its innovative edge once again and boost sales and perhaps stock prices as well.

      • smtp25

        A123 batteries

      • Tikimaker

        The problem is that batteries take allot of space and smartphones demand a lot of power. So in order to get the power you want you need one of those android tablet phones. My i5 pretty much will last all day with moderate use no problem. I am happy with the size and weight of the i5 and personally I don’t want iPhones to turn into tablet phones.

    • unabatedshagie

      It’s never going to have a replaceable battery.

      • Kurt

        I agree

    • Isa Altintas

      A replaceable battery would be awesome.

  • ap3604

    Nice to see Apple content with always screwing over the “S” cycle of upgraders.

    C’mon Apple! A damn processor and camera bump and you think that’s an upgrade? Oh wait… I’m sure they will come out with a new software feature that could work on everything but limit it to the 5S and consider that a BIG FEATURE to upgrade.

    • iBanks

      A bump up in any technology, hardware wise, is an upgrade. There was an increase. What more do you think can be done hardware wise?

      • ap3604

        Just because you can’t think of anything else to upgrade doesn’t mean the possibilities aren’t out there. There are tons of things they could do to make the 5S a worth upgrade instead of a mere processor/camera bump.

        And no, just because they put in a higher MP camera and tiny bit faster processor every other year doesn’t make that a real upgrade.

      • iBanks

        Lol @ real upgrade. So I guess bumping the processor by 10x, quadroopling the RAM, giving an years worth of battery on a single charge, and putting in an camera that George Lucas uses to record his epic films will be considered an real upgrade huh? Last I checked, hardware wise, all smartphones have pretty much followed the same regime.

      • http://www.facebook.com/william.cassidy.31 William Cassidy

        You misused the word “an” in your post iBanks. Maybe Apple can release a revolutionary spell and grammar checker in its next iOS…

        Typed by my iFingers, read by my iEyes, and posted by my iBrain… ;)

      • iBanks

        Guess that made your balls feel real big huh? You mad bro? Lol

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        we are all mad that apple is lazy and boring as hell

      • EpicFacepalm

        No offense but I wonder how many languages you can speak without any grammatical errors.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        well skip it then

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        um but the 5 is more than fast enough already.. its just boring as hell….

      • http://twitter.com/igno7um ignotum name

        Jailbreak

    • Kurt

      That last part, happens every damn year

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      lol i told every on to get the 5 months ago and skip the 5S…lol now you are crying hahahhaha… get ipad 4 now and skip the 5 also

  • @dongiuj

    …and iOS will be unchanged.

  • http://twitter.com/MOHAMMEDZAWSOME mohamed ali mohamed

    Apple .this is your last chance
    Win me back with a redesigned IOS

    • Isa Altintas

      Just switched to iOS from Android and I like iOS’ UI very much tbh

    • Lordthree

      Grow up dude

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      i doubt it … IOS is the grid static UI of them all

  • http://www.facebook.com/rez24 Edwin Anthony Chavez

    Notice how the road-map doesn’t say anything about an iWatch.

  • therealjjohnson

    I guess the only question i have is why would i need a fingerprint scanner?

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      lol… i will be turning that lame feature off fast

    • smtp25

      duh .. no more passcode’s for unlock, AppStore purchases with touch of finger. Best reason would be if they bring user profiles to iPad (less us on iPhone)

      • therealjjohnson

        You can’t do that without my fingerprint ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.tilden.9 Jamie Tilden

    So “under the home button” sounds like a redesigned phone, or at least the front of it, because looking at my iPhone 5, the space “under the home button” is basically null. And if we’re talking further down, then where the lightning port is?

    • EpicFacepalm

      That reduces chances of breaking the home button.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    hmmmmm… can i turn that feature off? sounds glitchy

  • mwpitt52

    I have a jailbroken iPhone 5. Instead of upgrading to 5s or 6, I may just buy a Note 2 to try it out.

    • smtp25

      or not buy anything at all, just because the 5s/6 is out.

  • http://twitter.com/shinuyuki Ashton Sloane

    Wow, who cares about fingerprint?

  • ABMaverick

    Ummmm can I get an ironman arc reactor to charge my phone please :)