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Apple iPhone 5S Release date… Rumours or authentic?

Continuing the legacy of rumors related to Apple products, speculations surrounding the next iPhone iteration, amusingly dubbed the “iPhone 5S,” started gaining traction hardly a couple of months after the release of the iPhone 5, the latest model of the company’s flagship smartphone.

As current rumors go, predictions of a possible release date for the iPhone 5S range from the first quarter of 2013 to the next year’s edition of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. Given that things are very murky now and it is too early to settle on a specific date, readers should take every rumor with a pinch of salt.

Although Apple did play with its release schedules this year, something that it never tried before, the rumor that it might release the iPhone 5S in the first quarter of 2013, making the existing iPhone 5 out of date in just 5 or 6 months after its release, does not seem to be a winning decision for the company.

“The iPhone 5 is just too successful to make it obsolete in just a half a year,” wrote Michael Nace of the iPhone 5 News Blog. “Sure, Apple did just do that with the iPad 4, replacing the ‘New iPad’ in well less than a year. But the iPhone is Apple’s flagship device, and given the amount of new design and engineering put into the iPhone 5, Apple will certainly want to ride it for longer than just 5 or 6 months.”

However, according to Nace, while Q1 2013 release of the iPhone 5S might not be materialized, the 2013 WWDC launch for the device does have a possibility. He pointed to a recent report by Product Reviews that was apparently betting on the annual developer conference in June.

“A new iPhone will definitely be coming in 2013, but will Apple release the iPhone 5S, or will they skip the upgraded version of the iPhone 5 to press on with the iPhone 6? History tells us that the iPhone 5S will be next and it could happen at WWDC 2013 instead next year, rather than in Fall 2013 as we’ve seen with the last two iPhone launches,” said the report.

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