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What's next after iPhone 5?

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Salvador Rodriguez

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Rumours ... the iPhone 5 was only just released.

Rumours ... the iPhone 5 was only just released. Photo: AP

It hasn't even been three months since the iPhone 5 was released and already rumours about an iPhone 5S, or even an iPhone 6, are starting to spread on the internet.

Apple comes out with a new version of its smartphone each year, so these rumours are expected on an annual basis. But typically the off-season for iPhone rumours lasts longer than this — the iPhone 5 hasn't even come out in most countries yet.

One of the rumours originates from a post on a forum website called iPhone5parts.net that claims to have pictures of the back cover of the upcoming iPhone.

The pictures show the rear cover looks almost the same as the iPhone 5's except for the location of a few screw holes.

The post says the pictures seem to be of an iPhone 5S because instead of the back cover having specification numbers it simply has a series of Xs, which could indicate it is a prototype part. The pictures could also be a hoax.

Another rumour surrounding the next iPhone that recently went around the web was put out by Digitimes — which has been criticised for getting some Apple rumours wrong.

The Digitimes report said the next iPhone and iPad will release during the North American summer, but the last time Apple released an iPhone at this time of year was in 2010 and it has never released an iPad during this time period.

Los Angeles Times

14 comments so far

  • Does it matter? They'll keep making the same thing with slight improvements each year, slightly fewer fanboys will throw their money away again each time until eventually - the bubble bursts.

    Commenter
    Priapist
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    December 13, 2012, 2:11PM
    • The bubble already burst. Apple stock has plumment more than 25% and google took over the throne

      Commenter
      It was good
      Location
      back then
      Date and time
      December 18, 2012, 7:22AM
    • The bubble has well and truly burst and oozing over all those duped into a iPhone 5. Look at the Samsung tablets, phones and now Galaxy camera. Apple has seriously fallen behind the power curve. And now they'll be distracted trying to fix up Maps but the buzz will never be the same.

      Commenter
      luke r
      Date and time
      December 18, 2012, 2:41PM
  • A 5" version to go with the 4" one.

    Commenter
    James
    Date and time
    December 13, 2012, 5:57PM
    • still waiting for a robust small (iPhone 4 size) smart phone with a dual SIM, I'm not the only one sick of carrying a work phone & a personal phone, sticking with my nokia E71 until I find one.

      Commenter
      E71 Fan
      Location
      & we are everywhere
      Date and time
      December 14, 2012, 12:08AM
      • My mates in Shenzhen tell me the iPhone 5S is on track for Q3 2013. Not any earlier. The factory is going flat chat making the 5 and this is not expected to slow as the product is still being released in some countries. Planned new features at this stage are 1) Colours like iPods. 2) New 128GB model. 3) More Frequencies for 4G. 4) Larger Lens for rear camera (currently trialling a number of different types including an arrangement to be able to change lenses!) The mounting thing may get held off until iPhone 6. You read it here first.

        Commenter
        Mad Man
        Location
        East Hills
        Date and time
        December 14, 2012, 12:07PM
        • Wow, that is NOT an impressive list of new features! Me thinks Apple has run out of inspiration. Just saw a TV advert fr Galaxy camera. Nifty.

          Commenter
          L R
          Date and time
          December 19, 2012, 10:43AM
      • probly an iPhone6 with gorgeous, hard-to-choose-from colors

        Commenter
        johnno
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        December 15, 2012, 12:38AM
        • I hope the SMH continues with the breathless description prior to launch that the iPhone is totally made up of aluminium and glass.

          Commenter
          David
          Location
          Callala Bay
          Date and time
          December 17, 2012, 1:30PM
          • +1

            Commenter
            L R
            Date and time
            December 19, 2012, 10:50AM

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