iPhone 5S reportedly coming with improved rear camera, new iPad mini expected in OctoberAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Hot on the heels of a report with possible details on the iPad 5, iPhone 5S and less-expensive iPhone, iLounge has chimed back in with a second batch of information about upcoming Apple products. First up is the iPhone 5S, a device whose prototypes currently feature the codenames "N51" and "N53," according to iLounge EIC Jeremy Horwitz's source. That tipster goes on to say that Apple is targeting a July introduction, which would be earlier in the year than the debuts of the last couple of iPhone models. The source claims one of this new iPhone's major new features will be its camera, which may be updated with a Sony-made 13-megapixel sensor along with the larger flash that we heard about earlier.
The last couple of iPhones have been introduced in the latter part of the year, with the iPhone 4S hitting in October 2011 and the iPhone 5 landing in September 2012. iPhone launches were a summer thing before that, though, as the original iPhone, 3G, 3GS and 4 all debuted in June or July. While Apple's July target for the iPhone 5S is still very much a rumor for now, such a move could make sense now that the iPad and iPad mini appear to be devices that come later in the year. If Apple left the iPhone launch in the fall and also introduced the iPad and iPad mini around the same time, there'd be no major product for Apple to launch earlier in the year while the latter part of the year would be stuffed to the brim.
Moving on, Horwitz suggests that the iPad 5 features a codename of "J72" while the iPad mini 2's codename is "J85." Apple is purportedly targeting an October debut for the iPad mini 2, just like we've heard it is for the iPad 5, and the new smaller tablet is rumored to retain a look similar to the current iPad mini. One big change that's rumored for the new iPad mini is a Retina display, though it's thought that if Apple does go that route, it'll need to adopt a new display like an IGZO model. A Retina iPad mini would be a pretty attractive device to many, and it'll be interesting to see if Apple can indeed get a Retina-quality display into the iPad mini and return its entire iOS lineup to Retina status. Would you be interested in an iPad mini with a 7.9-inch Retina display?