Apple Supply Chain Hints at iPhone 5S, Upgraded Camera, Faster Processor, Shipping Q3

As the days roll by, we inch closer to the inevitable launch of Apple's next iPhone, presumably the iPhone 5S, and the are no shortages of rumors and leaked information to digest. The newest bit of supposed inside info comes from sources within the upstream supply chain, according to news and rumor site Digitimes, which reports the iPhone 5S will start shipping at the end of May.

Apple's next iPhone isn't going to be a major upgrade, just a "slightly enhanced version" of Apple's current handset, Digitimes says. Hence why it's likely to receive the iPhone 5S moniker.


It will feature a higher end processor than the custom Apple A6 SoC (System-on-Chip) found in the iPhone 5, which boasts a dual-core 32nm ARM-based CPU clocked at 1.3GHz with a tri-core PowerVR SGX543MP GPU. How much of an upgraded processor remains to be seen.

The iPhone 5S will also receive a camera upgrade with a higher megapixel count. Currently, the iPhone 5 features a high-quality 8MP "iSight" (rear-facing) camera with HDR capabilities that's pretty decent in low light situations, and thrives in normal and well lit environments (as long as you're not pointing the thing at the sun).