IPhone 5S: Larger Screen, Faster Processor, Fingerprint Scanner, Sources Say

Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 08:05 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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IPhone 5S, Apple's latest mobile device that is due out this fall, will feature a bigger screen, a faster processor, a 12-megapixel camera, a dual-LED flash, and an upgraded LTE radio, according to insiders.

The iPhone 5S will have major hardware updates, including 4-inch IGZO display with the same Retina resolution as the iPhone 5, an A6 processor clocked a bit faster than the current model, quad-core SGX 554MP4 graphics, 2GB of RAM, and an upgraded LTE radio, according to C Technology, an insider from China's social media website Weibo.

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To boost the phone's security – especially since Apple's latest endeavor is trying to get users to use mobile payments as much as possible – the new model will have a fingerprint scanner as well, numerous reports claim.

"Skeptics dismissed early rumors suggesting a fingerprint scanner would be included in the new iPhone, however numerous subsequent reports including one from Reuters suggest Apple will finally make use of its AuthenTec acquisition in the iPhone 5S," Zach Epstein of BGR.com reported.

CNet reported that the new iPhone screen will be 4.3 inches rather than 4 inches, and the company is even delaying the phone's rollout until October to make a larger screen adjustment. The smart phone giant reportedly halted iPhone 5S production in May to make the change.

"Large-screen phones with displays bigger than four inches are catching on fast," CNet's Brooke Crothers wrote. "It's remotely possible that Apple believes it needs to respond to market demands more quickly."

Reuters reported in June that Apple was considering introducing two larger models later in the year, with screens that would be 4.7 inches and 5.7 inches. The rumors come from Apple supply chain providers in Asia, who said they have been approached with plans for larger iPhone screens.

Larger screens are a step away from what late founder Steve Jobs would have wanted. Jobs said the iPhone's 3.5-inch screen was "the perfect size for customers." A 3.5-inch display was used for every model before the iPhone 5.

But there are no guarantees that the screen will be larger or that the other details about the new model are true.

"They constantly change product specifications almost to the final moment, so you're not really sure whether this is the final prototype," one person "with direct knowledge of the matter" told Reuters.

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