iPhone 5S To Launch This September, Alongside New Low-Cost iPhone [Analyst]

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Tim Cook suggested during Apple’s earnings call earlier this week that the Cupertino company wouldn’t be announcing any new products until later this year. So it’s no surprise to see that analysts from Citigroup are now reporting that the iPhone 5S will be available in early September, alongside a new low-cost iPhone for emerging markets.

According to an earlier note issued by Citigroup, the iPhone 5S had been delayed due to inventory issues, and Apple was forced to push its launch back to this fall — from June or July. The company is now predicting that it’ll be available in early September, and that it won’t be launching alone.

Apple is also expected to announce its new low-cost iPhone at the same time. Citigroup offers no details on what this device may bring, but we’re fairly certain it’ll be aimed at emerging markets, with a plastic form factor and older internals that’ll allow it to be significantly cheaper than previous iPhones.

Those on China Mobile will have to wait for both devices, Citigroup says, but they will reportedly be available with TD-SCDMA support in later September or early October.

As for the fifth-generation iPad and the new iPad mini, those are expected to launch in September or October also.

Again, these release dates are really no surprise to us now. Recent rumors have claimed that new iPhones might arrive this summer, but Tim Cook made it pretty clear during his recent earnings call that we wouldn’t see any new hardware until this fall.

We do have new software to look forward to before then, however, with WWDC right around the corner.

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  • MrsCleaver

    Cult of Rumor

  • Derek Schlicker

    So, we’re getting rumors from a circumspect bank with a bad reputation for making good forecasts (as a former shareholder, I’m still not over 2008) about a delay to an alleged launch date that was never formerly communicated? There is nothing new to this rumor. Think I’m just going to copy/paste this comment so I can reuse from now until we get official word on what products will be out this year.

  • tgerz

    I got tricked into reading this. Seriously don’t need to come back to this site or any other so called “news” sites. At least you guys don’t try to hide the fact that you’re just a rumor site. Not really fair to call you journalists…

  • FirdausRizal98

    My wishes for iPhone 5S are
    -4-inch LED backlit multi-touch display with IGZO-powered Super HD Retina Display
    -1280×800 resolution
    -12.1-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera with full HD 1080p video recording and LED flash
    -2-megapixel front-facing FaceTime HD camera with full HD 1080p video recording
    -1.8 GHz quad-core Apple A7
    -near field communication (NFC) support
    -inductive charging technology support
    -built-in stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus
    My wishes for low-cost iPhone (dubbed as iPhone mini) are
    -3.8-inch LED backlit multi-touch display with IGZO-powered Super HD Retina Display
    -1280×800 resolution
    -8-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera with full HD 1080p video recording and LED flash
    -1.3-megapixel front-facing FaceTime HD camera with HD 720p video recording
    -1.6 GHz dual-core Apple A7 with quad-core graphics
    -near field communication (NFC) support
    -inductive charging technology support
    -built-in stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus

  • MrsCleaver

    “iPhone 5S To Launch This September, Alongside New Low-Cost iPhone [Analyst]”

    Riiiiight. ‘Cause analysts are always right, especially about Apple!

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