KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple is experiencing production difficulties with the iPhone 5S — Apple’s seventh-generation iPhone — which could force Apple to release the phone in November. Previous rumors point to the iPhone 5S being released in late September or early October. From Kuo’s report (via Apple Insider):
We believe iPhone 5S will experience production difficulties among numerous components as well as assembly, as seen with iPhone 5 last year. The model will thus be available only in limited amounts following launch. We expect undersupply to improve in October or November.
But for those who are looking to pick up a new iPhone — perhaps first-time iPhone buyers — they could look forward to buying the plastic version of the iPhone 5 for a rumored $100 (with contract). This would be the first time that Apple release two versions of an iOS product, in terms of quality. In the past couple of weeks, photos of the plastic looking body have surfaced on the Internet.
Macrumors created 3D mockups of what the plastic iPhone could look like.
Other rumors point to the cheaper iPhone coming in multiple colors, much like the current iPod Touch.
Redesigned iPad Coming This September
When it comes to the iPad, rumors have been quiet. We’re expecting to see a larger version of the iPad Mini, featuring the thinner bevel. The new tablet should also be significantly thinner and lighter.
Those hoping to pickup an iPad Mini with Retina Display, however, will have to wait until 2014. According to Kuo, Retina displays require more energy. Expect to see it in March or April of 2014, he says.
The Wall Street Journal reported today about Apple testing out larger screens on its iPad (up to 13-inches in fact), but those aren’t likely to become a reality any time soon.