As we reported earlier, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new research report where he has made his predictions on what Apple will launch in 2013.
Kuo expects Apple to launch the next generation iPhone, which he calls iPhone 5S around July this year. According to him, iPhone 5S will look like the iPhone 5 but will come with features such as a faster 28-nm A7 system-on-chip, a fingerprint sensor, smart LED flash and improved camera with f2.0 aperture.
Kuo also forecasts that Apple to launch a low-cost revamped iPhone 5 priced at $350 to $450, which will be slightly thicker than the current iPhone 5 (8.2 mm vs. the current 7.6 mm) and come with a plastic casing. It will be available in 6 colors.
In the investor note that was received by AppleInsider, Kuo notes that the fingerprint sensor below iPhone’s Home button will be a lot more intuitive than competing Android-based and Windows Phone based smartphones that offer this feature as they’ve more than one button below the display.
He expects the fingerprint sensor to replace usernames and passwords and make it a lot more efficient to authenticate. He also expects Apple to integrate with applications such as the Passbook etc.
Will it be one of the killer features of the next generation iPhone? It really depends on how Apple decides to implement the feature. It can be a lot more useful if Apple provides an API to integrate the fingerprint based authentication into their applications.
I also don’t think Apple will have an advantage because the iPhone has only one button, users will be able to quickly get used to the feature on devices with more than one button. Besides having more than one button has it’s own advantages as well.
As for Kuo’s predictions, he has a very good track record. He had correctly predicted Apple’s entire fall lineup of products last year, which included surprises like the launch of the 4th generation iPad.
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