Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5S Rumored to Debut in July, iPad Mini Update Targeted for October

iLounge’s Jeremy Horwitz has published a report claiming that Apple (AAPL)’s ‘iPhone 5S’ will include a few noteworthy changes when making its debut in July, including a faster processor, an upgraded rear-facing camera — potentially a 13-megapixel lens from Sony, and a larger flash. The intel comes from a ‘trusted source’, and  offers internal code names and other specifics for the upcoming iPhone and second-gen iPad mini.

“The iPhone 5S is still months away from mass production, but our source suspects that the star feature will be an upgraded rear camera—perhaps featuring Sony’s 13-Megapixel sensor, plus the aforementioned flash upgrade—along with a processor bump. Current prototypes are codenamed N51 and N53, with July mentioned as the target date.”

In addition, the report claims that the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 will be shipping sometime in the October timeframe. According to Horwitz’s source, the alleged codename for the 5th-generation iPad is ‘J72’, while the 2nd-generation iPad mini has a code name of ‘J85’. The mini will reportedly “look and feel basically the same as the first-generation model but feature a Retina screen”, which was notably missing from the device’s introduction late last year.

Multiple reports had previously mentioned that Apple was looking to launch revisions of the iPad and iPad mini as soon as March, but iLounge’s report largely aligns with a recent prediction from frequently accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities, that Apple plans to update its iPad lineup in the third quarter of 2013.

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