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Solid report claims iPhone 5S will be available in gold, new 128GB option coming

Zach Epstein
August 16th, 2013 at 10:50 AM
iPhone 5S Specs

It certainly won’t be as gold as some iPhones, but a new report claims Apple’s next-generation iPhone 5S will be available in a new color for the first time since Apple moved from one color option to two on the iPhone 3G. Plugged-in KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo has a solid track record when it comes to scooping unannounced Apple devices and he’s back again ahead of Apple’s upcoming September 10th iPhone event. Remember those gold-colored SIM trays pictured in an exclusive BGR report back in May? Well Kuo says Apple is indeed planning to launch the iPhone 5S with a new gold color option. It won’t be quite as flashy as BGR’s gold iPhone, pictured above, but it could be a nice way to promote upgrades among current iPhone 5 owners.

According to Kuo’s note, which was picked up by 9to5Mac, we can expect the following:

(1) the new A7, ARMv8 based AP (application processor), featuring a 1GB LPDDR3 RAM chip; (2) a sapphire home button with fingerprint  sensor; (3) main camera unchanged with 8MP, but featuring a larger F2.0 aperture with dual flash lights; (4) new option for golden casing; and (5) new option for 128GB storage.

“We reckon A7 will upgrade memory bandwidth spec to LPDDR3 from LPDDR2 adapted by A6, in an effort to improve system performance,” Kuo added. “Since Apple is in charge of both hardware  and OS design, it is capable of minimalizing memory capacity at an optimized state. Therefore, A7’s RAM will likely be unchanged at 1GB.”

Kuo expects Apple to sell 35 million iPhone 5S handsets before the year is out.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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