a recent iPhone 6, 5S release date concept video emerged last week showcasing the new iPhone with a 4.9 inch screen and longer home button. (Photo: YouTube)
a recent iPhone 6, 5S release date concept video emerged last week showcasing the new iPhone with a 4.9 inch screen and longer home button. (Photo: YouTube)

As the first quarter comes to a close, rumors concerning the iPhone 5S and 6 release dates are popping up everyday. Rumors about specs, features and changes to software and hardware are all over the place as daily a multitude of individuals are checking the news for latest leak on the iPhone 5S or 6.

As we do each week, we've rounded up the latest iPhone 5S or 6 release date specs and rumors rolling around out there and are bringing them to you.

Check out what's surfaced so far.

iPhone 6, 5S Release Date Rumor 1: Home Button without Fingerprint Sensor

 

the iPhone 6, 5S has been rumored to feature NFC and a fingerprint sensor, however if the leaked photos we saw last week are accurate, this may not be the case. (Photo: screenshot MacRumors.com)
the iPhone 6, 5S has been rumored to feature NFC and a fingerprint sensor, however if the leaked photos we saw last week are accurate, this may not be the case. (Photo: screenshot MacRumors.com)

So everyone has been in a tizzy believing that the iPhone 5S or 6 may be featuring some kind of "killer" feature that would place the phone on top of the competition and with that, rumors have been spreading that this featured spec would be NFC capability and a fingerprint sensors. It seems pretty logical that NFC would likely be a feature included in the next iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 and there are some reports to support this. According to The China Times, Taiwanese firm Chipbond will provide chips that would allow NFC to be possible in the new Apple device.

In addition to providing chips for NFC in the iPhone 6 the same company, ChipBond has also purportedly secured a contract with Apple in which they would also supply touch screen capabilities for  fingerprint sensors in the iPhone 6 or 5S. This in concert with the NFC capabilities would allow for mobile payment while to enhancing security and providing a way to authenticate payments.

However, some of those hopes were dashed late last week as leaked photos emerged which purportedly showed the Home button for the iPhone 5S as well as a new vibration button. The images were posted to a Japanese forum and publicized by NWE, and one thing all noted is that though there are some changes from the Home button of the iPhone 5, it seems pretty clear that if this is indeed the iPhone 5S hoe button, that a fingerprint sensor will not be included. Of course it could be that this technology is still being developed and will arrive when the iPhone 6 release date does, still it's a little disappointing.

iPhone 6, 5S Release Date Rumor 2: Indoor Mapping via WiFiSLAM

The internet has been buzzing with a new iPhone 6 rumor this Monday morning as it seems Apple has paid $20 million for an indoor location tracking start-up WifiSLAM. After the debacle the Apple iOS 6 maps feature was, this acquisition suggests the company may be working on more accurate location-based services for all iOS devices.

Though mapping may seem like nothing special in a smartphone these days as pretty much everyone on the market does incorporate some form of GPS, one of the problems with the technology is that it doesn't work so well inside of buildings. This new WiFiSLAM technology could take advantage of WiFi if you're trying to find your way around busy crowded places like shopping malls, convention centers and other places where GPS pretty much dies.

Some reports speculate that the company's upcoming iPhone 6 could receive indoor location capabilities. With Google hot on its heels having worked for the last year on similar technologies, this is one innovation Apple probably needs to make a reality in order to stay up with the completion upon the release of the iPhone 6.

iPhone 6, 5S Release Date Rumor 3: Ultra Sensitive Sharp Touchscreen

Sony's ultra-sensitive touchscreen may be featured on the iPhone 6, 5S when it releases. Photos emerged today via Patently Apple, showcasing the technology. (Photo: PatentlyApple)
Sony's ultra-sensitive touchscreen may be featured on the iPhone 6, 5S when it releases. Photos emerged today via Patently Apple, showcasing the technology. (Photo: PatentlyApple)

This iPhone 6 spec rumor just emerged last week and has been gaining some ground as it seems Sharp Corp. is working on new display technology which would yield an eight times higher level of sensitivity to the capacitive touch screen found on Apple's next iPhone. The technology is made specifically for 5-inch smartphone displays to 60-inch for HDTV, adding one more nudge to the rumor that the iPhone 6 would feature a larger screen size. The screen is said to be sensitive enough that users could scribble notes on the screen with just an ordinary pen or pencil.

The original report came to Apple fanboys from Patently Apple, a website that stays abreast of latest patents submitted by Apple. In looking at the new patents, a larger more responsive touchscreen.

Now on Monday, images of the ultra-sensitive touchscreen by Sharp have surfaced as well on the Patently Apple website, fuelling the rumors that Apple will be using the technology upon the release of the iPhone 6. According to PatentlyApple, the new technology will allow Apple to drastically reduce the display's thickness, possibly making the iPhone 6 the lightest Apple smartphone yet. According to Patently Apple, production of the new displays began on March 15, 2013 so it's very likely this will be the face of the new iPhone 6 though it probably won't we ready in time for the iPhone 5S release date,

iPhone 6, 5S Release Date Rumor 4: June or July Release of Budget iPhone

This rumor refuses to die and has surfaced again this week that Apple is looking to release the iPhone 5S in June or July along with a new iPhone that is cheaper-in a word a "budget" model.

According to analyst Amit Daryanani of RBC Capital Markets the cheaper iPhone will lack Apple's trademark 'Retina' screen. Here is what the report noted:

"Our supply-chain checks indicate that AAPL is working to launch multiple new phones in the June/July time-frame this year. Specifically, AAPL will launch the iPhone5s and a more affordable but lower-end iPhone at the same time, in either late CYQ2 or early Q3. The low-end iPhone will have the same 4" form factor as the iPhone5 but will have plastic casing and no retina display. With a lower price-point, AAPL will be able to target a growing and important part of the Smartphone market (sub-$400 price-band)."

Many believe that the cheaper iPhone will have a polycarbonate body and run about $300 dollar cutting the iPhone 5 price in half. In addition other reports have stated that Apple may use Qualcomm's Snapdragon SoC for low-cost iPhone, instead of its own processors, allowing for the price to be kept low on that front as well.

Other iPhone 6, 5S Release Date Rumors

Of course there have been numerous other rumors to suface concerning what specs will be present in the iPhone 5S or the iPhone 6 when released, including the following:

  •  A variety of colors
  •  A variety of sizes
  •  Eyetracking technology
  •  Wireless or solar charging
  •  Megapixel camera
  •  iPhone projector with laser keyboard and screen.
  •  Improved 4G LTE network support worldwide.


For more Apple release date rumors, see:

Phone 6, 5S Release Date 2013: 6 Rumored Specs and Features We've Gathered So Far [VIDEO]

iPad 5 Release Date 2013: 5 Rumored Specs To Watch For [VIDEO]

iPad Mini 2 Release Date Rumors and Specs 2013: 5 Things To Expect Including A Possible Summer Release