Rumor: Next iPhone to Feature NFC, Half Dozen Color Choices

One thing that has largely remained the same over the past five plus years is the color choices that Apple offers for the iPhone: black and white. But according to Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, the iPhone is about to get a splash of color when Apple releases the seventh-generation of its popular handset.

Misek claims that the so-called “iPhone 5S” will be available in six to eight colors, matching the colorful anodized aluminum design of the new iPod touch. The analyst also speculates that the next iPhone will feature a ”super HD camera/screen, a better battery, and NFC,” and “possible updates include an IGZO screen for Retina+, 128GB storage.”

As far as a release date goes, Misek believes that Apple will launch its next-generation iPhone in June. That would line up historically with the June – July timeframe in which the original iPhone through iPhone 4 launched, but Apple has since switched to September – October for launching its iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.

It is speculated, in part by Asymco analyst Horace Dediu, that the switch back to the mid-year release cycle would help Apple to thwart off consumers that are delaying on purchasing an iPhone because of these very same type of rumors. Apple consumers know a new iPhone is on the horizon, so they hold off on purchasing an iPhone until then. A faster release cycle would largely eliminate that problem.

A new iPhone with additional color choices, larger internal storage, improved battery life, NFC and a higher resolution camera and screen combo. Would you want one?

[Business Insider]

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