I don't see apple using some a revolutionary new SoC that will double the iPhone5's performance, I also don't see any other major component being changed like the screen or camera. It's just an assumption but I'm guess that the changes in the 5s are going to be cosmetic in nature that will allow Foxconn to more easily ramp up production while offering lower build costs and lower overall defect rates out of the factory. Apple could also roll out a 5s with something other than an aluminum back or a new painting technique that would produce fewer scratches on the phone. Another change th could make is changing the material of the lens over the area to something other than quartz to fix the purple flare "problem" and maybe even upgrade the low quality motor used for vibrations in the current 5.
Does anyone expect a change other than those cosmetic ones I mentioned? These changes would hardly warrant an "S" moniker and would be better off called iPhoneImproved5. If anything this is definitely more about keeping their costs low and production high while appeasing some naysayers, but only time will tell.
Assuming the report is accurate, I think you're right that a design change is serving as Apple's primary motivation. At the same time, I think you'll see some subtle feature enhancements to try an warrant a refreshed model. Nothing revolutionary, but NFC support or more RAM are two potential options off the top of my head.
My bets on a new camera.... lens... cover :)
i don't own an iPhone. Did they get their map app corrected?
People kmew that it is logically procedure from Apple, from 3G to 3GS, iPhone 4 to 4S, now iPhone 5, definitely will then have iPhone 5S.
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