Sources familiar with the plans have told iMore that the iPhone 5S does indeed have the same basic design as the iPhone 5, with a more advanced processor and a improved camera. With the iPhone 5, Apple reduced the thinness of the casing but managed to keep essentially the same if not slightly better overall quality. [..] [..] We’ve also been told an April-ish launch is getting serious consideration for the next-generation iPads, but we’re really not sure what to make of that yet. iPad 5 casings have already begun to leak — the only big redesign in the line — so that could make sense. Retina for the iPad mini, however, still doesn’t sound imminent.
It will be a little disappointing to see Apple launch iPhone 5S, which looks like the iPhone 5 that many consider as an iteration of the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, rather than an all-new design. But Apple seems to have followed this strategy ever since it launched the iPhone 3G, so it is very much plausible.
iPad 5 is also widely speculated to get iPad mini-like design features such as the narrower bezels at the side in portrait mode, thinner body, anodized aluminum coating and the diamond cut chamfer that joins seamlessly with the glass display.
If Apple launches iPad 5 and iPad mini in April then it would mean that Apple has indeed changed to a bi-annual product release cycle for the iPads. Last year, Apple caught many of us by surprise by launching the 4th generation iPad, just seven months after launching the 3rd generation iPad.
What do you think of the possibility of the next generation iPhone that looks like the iPhone 5?