Round-up: What to expect from Apple's new iPhone

Will Apple's iPhone be a radical reinvention?

Apple releasing a new iPhone has become the biggest event of the year in technology - and rumours about this year’s model are now coming thick and fast.

Will this year’s iPhone come in a range of bright colours? Leaked parts seem to hint so - and others hint that everything from the camera to the screen could be in for an upgrade.

With British design guru Sir Jonathan Ive reportedly at the helm, it could be the most radical "new look" yet for Apple's hit gizmo.

Here, Recombu’s expert panel sort through the rumours to work out what we might see launched this year.

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The name

Many expect this year’s phone to be the iPhone 5S, rather than the iPhone 6 - both iPhone 4 and iPhone 3 were followed by slight upgrades, branded S.

The design

Could there be a new, colourful look for iPhone? Fan site Macotakara claims that the new models could come in colours as bright as the ones found on the latest generation of iPod Touch. Supposed leaked SIM trays picked up by KnowYourMobile even suggest gold and grey variants – though of this, we’re dubious.

The screen

The touchscreen could improve, too - keeping the new iPhone in line with super-sensitive touch phones from Samsung and Nokia.

Tech site uSwitch has uncovered that Apple to a “touch-on display” screen - more sensitive than previous iPhones, but still thin and light. It will probably be supplied by Taiwanese LCD maker - Chimei Innolux.

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The camera

It’s likely that the new iPhone will make the jump to feature a double-digit resolution to compete with phones such as Samsung’s Galaxy S4..

Apple rumour site MacRumours and iLounge report that the camera could be replaced by a 12-megapixel or possibly 13-megapixel, backside illuminated sensor made by Sony, maintaining the iPhone’s ability to shoot Full HD movies and perhaps offer up HDR (High Dynamic Range) video too.

The battery

Could the days of iPhones running out of juice finally be about to end? Rumours from sites such as iMore suggest that the iPhone 5S will debut a larger battery (supposedly up to three times the capacity), ensuring that iPhone users can get more than a day’s of use without needing a charger as they currently do.

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A more secure phone?

The most outlandish, but exciting prospect is also the introduction of a fingerprint scanner or biometric reader that Forbes states will serve as a new security feature when unlocking the device or in place of entering a password - take this with a pinch of salt however.

iOS 7

Apple’s operating system could see a new, cleaner look - created by British design guru Sir Jonathan Ive. We should get a look at this “new look” next month at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) which kicks off in San Francisco on June 10th.

IN recent years, Apple has used the show to announce the newest version of its mobile operating system – iOS.

According to MacRumours, the biggest difference will likely be that Apple’s own Sir Jony Ive will be at the helm - ensuring cleaner iconography, less on-screen clutter,new animations as well as features that simplify the overall system.

The release date

Although originally, the iPhone was always scheduled for a summer launch, since the arrival of the iPhone 4S, we’ve come to expect Apple’s latest smartphone in the third quarter of each year.

The iPhone 5 was announced in early September and arrived in stores at the end of the same month. The iPhone 5S will likely follow a similar path, although some say that a budget iPhone might rear its head this summer...

The price

With new features, double the storage and the possibility of colour choices, we’re expecting a premium price tag on this premium smartphone. More premium than the iPhone 5 at launch? Probably, given the fact Android devices like the Galaxy S4 are retailing for as much as £580.