Rumors have been swirling around all summer regarding the new Apple iPhone lineup after iOS 7 was announced in June. This past Saturday, sources told AllThingsD that Apple is expected to unveil its next iPhone at a special event on September 10. Apple revolutionized the smartphone industry when it released the first iPhone in 2007, but a lot has changed since. In six years competitors like Samsung and LG, running various versions of the Android operating system, have stepped up their game and cut into Apple’s sales. According to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Apple’s share of the global smartphone market has dropped to 13.2 percent; which is down from 16.6 percent from a year ago. Not surprisingly, devices that run Android (like the Samsung Galaxy 4 or HTC One) have closed the gap on Apple and have snapped up 79.3 percent of the market; this number is up from 69.1 percent from a year ago.
But not all is doom and gloom for Apple. If the rumors are true, the iPhone 5S has some serious upgrades. First and foremost, it’s rumored that the Apple iPhone 5S will have a fingerprint sensor on the home button. Cult of Mac calls the fingerprint sensor, which would be embedded on the convex home button and covered with scratch-resistant sapphire glass, the “big headlining feature” of the next iPhone. It seems pretty obvious that the fingerprint sensor is not only a security measure, but it may also be used to confirm and secure mobile payments (which Apple has been slow to adopt).
If you’re looking for a larger screen, you may have to wait another year or so. The iPhone 5S is rumored to mimic the iPhone 5 4-inch Retina display, but according to sources, next year Apple is looking to introduce at least two bigger iPhones with a 4.7 inch screen and one with a 5.7 inch screen.
For the camera enthusiasts you’ll be excited to hear that the camera is being upgraded from an 8-megapixel iSight camera to a 12-megapixel camera and it may also be capable of recording video at 120 frames per second, allowing for slow-motion video. Photographs of the new leaked iPhone 5S parts indicate that a dual-LED flash is not out of a realm of possibilities. The dual-LED flash would result in more natural light, giving higher quality images in low-light conditions.
Of course, Apple has neither confirmed nor denied the above rumors and it’s quite possible that some of the features mentioned may not be available for the next iPhone or iPhone 5S. But as a gadget enthusiast I’m very excited to see the fingerprint sensor technology and the updated camera features.
If the rumors are true, will you pitch a tent outside the Apple store to be one of the first iPhone 5S owners, or will you stick with your current smartphone?