Update - 4 September 2013: Apple has finally sent out its invites to a press event-taking place on 10 September at the Town Hall in Apple HQ, Cupertina for 10am local time (6pm UK time). It is here where Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 5S and its subsequent release date, specs and UK price. Previous iPhone have usually had a release dates set for roughly a week after the press events, so expect to be able to get an iPhone 5S around Wednesday 11 September. See iPhone 5S preview. See also: Live coverage of Apple 2013 iPhone launch event from Cupertino, California. See also: iPhone 5S price in the UK.
From 29 August 2013
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iPhone 5S release date fever is now in full swing, and the result is people who are are due a smartphone upgrade are all looking online for the latest iPhone 5S release date information. Well folks, you've come to the right place, we're all over the iPhone 5S release date here. See also: Google Nexus 5 release date: When will the new Nexus smartphone arrive?
Previous new iPhone release dates
- iPhone 1st gen: June 29, 2007
- iPhone 3G: July 11, 2008
- iPhone 3GS: June 19, 2009
- iPhone 4: June 24, 2010
- iPhone 4S: October 14, 2011
- iPhone 5: September 21, 2012
iPhone 5S release date in UK
Now, before we start, you need to know that Apple threw everyone a curve ball when it released the iPad 4 less than eight months after releasing the iPad 3 (which it subsequently dropped like a bad habit, yet kept selling the iPad 2). Visit: What happened to iPad 3?
So, while Apple's previous formbook shows that Apple releases a new iPhone roughly every 12.5 months – suggesting that the new iPhone 5s or iPhone 6 will have a September/October 2013 release date. This just so happens to be what IDG Tech Media's (PC Advisor, Macworld and TechAdvisor) general consensus seems to be too, with an expected announcement being made at a dedicated event. Admittedly we're basing this solely on Apple's previous tendency to launch iPhone at the time and in this sort of fashion in the past.
International Business Times seems to back up our thoughts with a very convincing and precise theory we came across. IBT pointed out that last year saw the 19th Sept iOS 6 release come exactly 100 days after said operating system was initially announced (back on 11th June), the iPhone 5 was release two days later in 21st Sept. See also: iPhone 5S price: PCA predictions.
Applying that logic again, IBT came up with an iPhone 5S release date of Saturday 20th September 2013, given that they expect iOS 7 to again launch 100-days after the initial announcement of Apple's next mobile operating system, making it an 18th September release for iOS 7, as the first unveiling took place on 10th June.
Will it be the new iPhone 5S or the iPhone 6?
This is a bit of an impossible question to answer as Apple will neither confirm nor deny even the existence of another iPhone being in the pipeline. However, we're pretty experienced in tracking Apple's new smartphone leaks and developments and the fact that there has been very little noise coming out of the Apple barracks suggests that the next iPhone's specs won't be a million miles away from the current iPhone 5's. So if you were to force us to guess whether it will be an semi-updated iPhone 5S or a completely new iPhone 6, we'd have to put out money on the former. See also: iPhone 6 concept image shows curved flexible screen.
History sides with us too, as ever since 2008, Apple has released a new generation of smartphone followed by a "S" launch of the phone roughly a year later. Take a look at the previous iPhone release dates below to see the obvious pattern. Take a look at: Budget plastic iPhone shown in concept image.
It's also worth mentioning that there is talk that Apple might launch a budget version of the iPhone this year too. However, we need to stress that there has been very little to suggest this other than mere internet rumours so far...that said, the iPad mini was just an internet rumour so far. Below is the concept image that is currently doing the rounds. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.
Go to next page to see Chris Martin's original iPhone 5S release date round-up from 22/3/13