Apple is working on two new iPhones this year and both the models could be out by June or July this year, a senior analyst has said.
According to an analyst at KGI Securities, Apple is expected to release both an upgraded version of the iPhone5 and an economy version with more colour options for users.
A report published by MacRumors quoting analyst Ming Chi Kuo reveals the roadmap of all the 2013 scheduled releases, pointing out that there could be updates for both its iPads and Macbook Pro series.
“Kuo expects that Apple will introduce both an iPhone 5S and a revamped iPhone 5 around June or July of this year, with the iPhone 5S appearing very similar to the current iPhone 5 but carrying a number of upgrades…..”the report says.
According to the analyst the upgraded iPhone will run on an A7 chip, and will come with the much awaited fingerprint sensor. Last year Apple acquired tech company Authentic, which specialized in developing the finger print technology.
Apple is also expected to bring out the next iPhone with near field communications (NFC) to facilitate mobile payments through its Passbook app. It was widely expected that Apple would do so with iPhone5. But the phone came with an upgraded iOS6 operating system that introduced the new Passbook feature but without NFC.
According to Chi Kuo the budget iPhone mainly aimed at taking on the competition from Samsung will be an iPhone 5 repackaged and come in plastic covers of six colours rather than the more expensive aluminium covers that all iPhones have been using so far.
Interestingly, Samsung which is also expected to launch its Galaxy S4 is expected to do so ahead of the iPhone release.
Samsung has already denied earlier reports that the S4 would be launched in March, making it highly probable for either a May or a June launch.