Earliert today iLounge editor Jeremy Horwitz revealed details regarding the iPhone 5S, iPad mini and iPad 5 according to his supply chain sources. He has posted a follow up report with more details from another trusted source.
- main feature to be an upgraded rear camera, possibly Sony’s 13MP sensor, along with the previously mentioned flash upgrade and processor bump
- current prototypes are named N51 and N53; target date mentioned is July
- code name J72; October release give or take
- code name J85, currently planned for October
- sources note the same basic feel as the first gen iPad mini but will feature a Retina display; deeper details are lacking
- If Retina is coming without form factor changes, a thinner, denser screen will be required (i.e. IGZO), but supply issues are a factor for the year
As for the plastic backed iPhone?
I'm waiting a little to discuss more specifics on the plastic iPhone, because I'm hearing conflicting info and am awaiting confirmations.
— Jeremy Horwitz (@horwitz) January 25, 2013
The rumoured iPhone 5S upgrades are in line with what we have seen in the past. A July release would mean the next upgrade would come less than a year after the iPhone 5. For the iPad mini, but it remains to be seen whether Apple will be able to retain the same form factor given increased power requirements of a Retina display.
Back in December, Digitimes reported Apple was considering IGZO technology for future iOS displays.
In May of last year, Horwitz’s sources correctly relayed information regarding the thinner iPhone 5 and new smaller Lightning connector.
Update: Rene Ritchie over at iMore writes about what he’s heard about the next iPad and provides a mock up:
The rough concept image above shows just that — the iPad mini design applied to a 9.7-inch screen. The current iPad 4 outline is left in the background to highlight that, in addition to being lighter and thinner, the iPad mini design on the full-sized iPad would presumably be smaller as well. Same power, far less packaging.