The smartphone race wages on. AllThingsD.com reports that Apple will unveil its next iPhone at an event on Sept. 10, and the rumor mill is buzzing with potential upgrades. Some pundits expect the iPhone 5S to include a fingerprint scanner, which would boost security and provide a "wow" factor that tech enthusiasts have come to expect from Apple. Other reports indicate that the "Think Different" brand will introduce a less-expensive plastic version of the iPhone 5. A cheaper iPhone would be the first time Apple branched out from its single-device mobile line.
AllThingsD.com is known for its credible sources, so you can circle Sept. 10 on your calendar. Until then, let your imagination run wild with this rumor round-up.
Sapphire and Scanners
Leaked images indicate that the iPhone 5S will retain the design of its predecessor, so Apple will need to scintillate tech fanatics in another way. A rising swell of evidence indicates that a futuristic fingerprint scanner could be the show-stopping number. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that the next iPhone could include a convex sapphire-covered home button to house the scanner. Only diamond is harder than sapphire, so this material could protect the fingerprint scanner from damage.
This advanced security feature would unlock even more of the home security potential. Home security providers are already enabling their customers to use their smartphones as tools, and http://www.securitycompanies.com notes that the number of households with a professionally monitored security system is expected to rise 30 percent by 2020. With a fingerprint scanner, users could feel comfortable using the iPhone for sensitive functions.
An Inexpensive iPhone
PCmag.com listed price as one of the top iPhone complaints. These devices regularly raise the bar in terms of performance, but their high cost takes a toll on consumer budgets. It appears Apple is on the verge of responding to this complaint with a less-expensive version of the iPhone 5. The rumored iPhone 5c features and plastic case and will be available in a variety of colors, according to Macrumors.com. Some expect the iPhone 5c to cost nothing with a two-year contract. The device probably won't feature the upgrades available in the iPhone 5S, but it will help Apple reach less-affluent consumers who are eager to get their hands on an iPhone. There's no word on whether Apple with roll out the 5c at the Sept. 10 event, but expect to see both devices this fall.
- The iPhone 5S is also expected to include an upgraded camera. The latest rumors predict the camera with receive an F2.0 aperature update, which would improve photos in low-light conditions. Most experts expect a dual LED flash to further improve lighting.
- The 5s processor is one of the last remaining mysteries with this device. Some expect Apple to unveil it's custom A7 processor, but other insiders note that the A7 could still be in development for iPhone 6.
- Expect some sort of battery-life improvement, whether it's a larger unit or more efficient processor. Battery life is another popular iPhone complaint, and Apple usually addresses battery life in their "S" models.