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iPhone 5S to have fingerprint reader, ‘smart flash’ and A7 CPU [rumour]

Rumours around the new iPhone a ten-a-penny, but the latest reports ring particularly true. KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting the iPhone 5S and the more affordable polycarbonate model to be available in July with, among other things, a fingerprint chip and new camera flash.

According to CNET via MacRumours Kuo’s research note stipulates the following:

Kuo one of the more accurate and trusted Apple analysts, has mentioned the following specs that we can expect from the 5S: A new A7 chip. The camera will also see improvement as Kuo says to expect LED based technology referred to as “Smart Flash”. He also says that the 5S will have a fingerprint chip under the Home button which will add to the security features and usability; the new iPhones will also support LTE.

Kuo also comments that the new casing will make the phone slimmer and lighter and is easier to manufacture in different colours.

Here’s an excerpt from Kuo’s research note, via Mac Rumors.

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 [frequency-division duplexing] 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.


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