While the iPhone has seen yearly updates for the past several years, it's rumored that might change with the next iPhone model. According to Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, the iPhone 5S will be released in June or July of 2013. This is similar to other reports that we've heard that suggest Apple is moving to a 6-month update cycle.
So what can we expect with the iPhone 5S according to Misek? He says that, based on the team's checks, the iPhone 5S will likely "include a new super HD camera/screen, a better battery, and NFC. Possible updates include an IGZO screen for Retina+, 128GB storage, and coming in 6 to 8 colors."
These are certainly upgrades that would go a little further than what we've seen in the past with minor upgrades to the 4S from the 4, and the 3GS from the 3G. However, we'd assume that Apple will keep the same body style based on leaks that we saw last week, when the alleged back plate of the iPhone 5S leaked.
Misek also brought up the iPhone 6 -- the iPhone that would come after the 5S. He says that several prototypes are "floating around", one of which has a 4.8" screen. That prototype has a Retina+ IGZO screen, a new A7 quad-core processor, and "a new form factor with no home button", which could mean full gesture control. Obviously, that's a long way off, but if Apple turns to a 6-month upgrade cycle, we could see the iPhone 6 in about a year or so.
[via The LA Times]