According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will offer the upcoming iPhone 5S in a new gold color, along with being available in a new larger 128GB storage capacity. Kuo has a mixed track record, having at times correctly predicting some of Apple’s new products and at times completely missing the mark. He offers his insight on what we can expect from Apple when they announce the iPhone 5S.
Kuo explains Apple’s rational behind the moves is to help differentiate the iPhone 5S from the iPhone 5. If a new low-cost model is announced, it’s quite possible that the iPhone 5 is discontinued, replaced by the newer model which is expected to be introduced on September 10th.
If Apple were to bump the top model to 128GB, how does this affect the rest of the product link. Some have speculated that the entry level model could offer 32GB of storage. From a competitive standpoint, this seems unnecssary. Apple’s biggest competitor is Samsung. Their flagship Galaxy S4 comes with 16GB of storage, priced at $199. This model does offer an expandable storage option with support for microSD expansion.
Kuo notes other upgrades, all of which fall in line with what we’ve come to expect from an ‘S’ series update. For the processor, Apple will move to a new A7 processor and will utilize 1GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The camera will see major improvements, allowing for a wider f 2.0 aperture. This should enable the newer model to excel with low-light photography.
Earlier in the week, Kuo went on record saying the iPhone 5S home button would be convex. The new home button that would now sit above the display would be covered in sapphire, which has a value of 9 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, which should help significantly with scratch protection. The reason for the shift outward is to make room for the new fingerpint scanner, which could initially serve as a means to unlock your iPhone. At some point, perhaps with iOS 8, it’ll be part of a larger plan to enable payments using your iPhone.
There have been rumors of gold being introduced and expanding the storage capabiliies will further differentiate Apple’s flagship from the current model and low-cost iPhone 5C. Anyone planning on lining up in late September for 128GB iPhone 5S in gold?