What To Expect From Apple In 2013: iPhone

It’s the first day of 2013, and it starts a brand new release cycle for Apple. In 2012, Apple updated every single one of their product lines, and it looks like 2013 will continue the trend. We will have articles all week long discussing what to expect from Apple regarding the iPhone, iPad, iOS, and Mac lines. We’re currently looking back at the best apps and games of 2012, while looking ahead to Apple’s plans in 2013. To kick things off, we’re taking a look at what to expect for the next iPhone.

The iPhone 5 may have been the most talked about phone of all time because there was so much anticipation after Apple didn’t change the exterior with the iPhone 4S. The rumors around the iPhone 5 were non-stop, but now the final product is out with a brand new design that is thinner, lighter, and taller. Apple has shown a standard of maintaining their hardware design for two years, so the new iPhone in 2013 is expected to feature the same exterior as the iPhone 5. Many are already pegging it as the iPhone 5S.

What exactly does that mean? Well, the iPhone 5S is expected to look just like the iPhone 5, but have brand new internals. There will be a faster processor, A7 chip, more memory, and quite possibly NFC. The problem is that Apple provided almost everything you could want in a phone with the iPhone 5, and the 5S will probably include a feature you never knew you wanted, kind of like Siri. The highlight of the 5S will likely be tied to iOS 7, though we will discuss that in full later on.

The S designation by Apple relates to software and speed, and those are the two big upgrade areas for the iPhone 5S. We will likely see more advancements to Siri and Passbook, but in terms of all new features, Apple is running up against a wall. The A6 chip is already probably too powerful for phone tasks, the camera is upgraded to 8MP & 1080P video, and there’s 4G LTE. That’s why a software update is so essential because the hardware features are all blending together. Siri needs to take a leap in functionality, and so does Passbook, Notification Center, and the multi-tasking tray, and those are the areas to look for updates in 2013.

The iPhone 5S is coming in 2013, and Apple is amping up their upgrade cycle, so it may even come in June instead of September, but we shall see.


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