A new report is suggesting that the next iteration of the iPhone, tentatively named the iPhone 5S, will be launching in June or July of this year. According to Peter Misek, an analyst with Jefferies, ‘preliminary builds for the iPhone 5S will start in March for a launch in June/July’ (via MacRumors). The analyst also suggests that Apple has constructed at least two prototypes for testing, and that one of them could be the less expensive iPhone which has been the subject of recent rumors. Certainly Misek suggests that construction of such a device has been greenlit.
The analyst also goes on to detail some of the likely specifications for the new budget iPhone, suggesting that it wouldn’t have a Retina Display but would have a 4 inch screen like the iPhone 5. The case would apparently be made of polycarbonate plastic and the budget model would not support 4G LTE. The analyst also suggests that it’s still possible for Apple to release an iPhone with a 4.8 inch screen in the form of the iPhone 6, but this has not yet been decided.
Misek has made headlines before when, early last year, he suggested that construction of an Apple television would begin in May or June of 2012 and that five million units would hit the market in late 2012. The analyst was, however, right about his predictions regarding the iPhone 4S prior to launch.