Apple is developing an updated iPhone 5s with refreshed internals, including a faster A8 processor, according to a new report. The device will provide consumers with a smaller, more affordable alternative to the latest iPhones that won’t bring huge sacrifices in performance and compatibility.
Recent rumors have claimed that Apple will launch a 4-inch iPhone 6c sometime next year, but according to “reliable sources” speaking to Japanese blog Macotakara, that device could actually be a refreshed iPhone 5s that’s packed with more recent internals.
It’s thought the device will be based on the sixth-generation iPod touch, with an A8 processor, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, and a better FaceTime HD camera with a wider f/2.2 aperture. The existing iPhone 5s ships with an older A7 chip, slower Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a front-facing f/2.4 aperture.
The new iPhone 5s would be a big improvement over the model Apple currently offers, then, which is starting to look a little long in the tooth now. Refreshing it would mean Apple could continue to use many of the same parts — including the same aluminum housing — to keep costs low.
Developing an iPhone 6c, on the other hand, would mean designing a whole new device from scratch. Plus a plastic iPhone never really seemed right in Apple’s existing product lineup, which is predominantly made out of high-end aluminum.
Although we still suggest taking this rumor with a pinch of salt, then, it certainly seems like a plausible step for Apple to take. Its focus is obviously on the larger, more expensive iPhones now, but refreshing the iPhone 5s wouldn’t require too much effort, and would still allow the company to cater to budget-conscious consumers who don’t need larger smartphones.
Macotakara, which has been reliable before, adds that the updated iPhone 5s is already in production, and is ready to begin shipping at any time — so Apple could bring it to market imminently.
Would you like to see a refreshed iPhone 5s?