An analyst has forecasted that Apple’s seventh-generation smartphone will be a major update, boasting substantially better specs than its predecessor. According to Peter Misek of Jefferies, the handset informally dubbed the iPhone 5S will feature a camera and a screen called “super HD” resolution, which we can only assume means higher than 1080p.
Moreover, the display, which may be even labelled ‘Retina+’ to reflect the increased pixel count, is also likely to be an IGZO (Indium gallium zinc oxide) variety. This enables smaller pixels for a higher resolution display than the amorphous silicon typically used for the active layer of an LCD screen.
Misek also predicts the 5S will be equipped with bigger battery. But then again, he also reckons that Near Field Communication might finally make an appearance. The handset is expected to land sometime in June or July, which may seem odd given Apple has opted for an autumn release cycle for the last two iPhones. Some analysts believe that a summer launch may be inevitable after sales of the iPhone took a dive in the two quarters before the release of the latest model.
Another mooted update, depending on how you look at it, is the possibility of a 128GB model with six to eight colour variants like the iPod touch. Rumours are that Apple has already ordered a ‘trial production’ of the iPhone 5S in a relatively small batch of 50-100k units and is expected to go into volume production in the first quarter of 2013, which would make a summer launch very much possible.