The iOS 7 release date is set for June and will launch alongside the iPhone 5S.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a new research report that claims that Apple will unveil the new lost cost iPhone and software sometime in June and they will be available for purchase in July.
Kuo states that both dates are earlier than last year's roadmap and he says that the reason for this is that Apple does not want the competition to gain market share by launching devices earlier. These new iPhones are allegedly developed based on the iPhone 5, which makes them easier to create.
He also outlined what he thinks the main differences will be between the iPhone 5 and 5S. The new version will run on the faster A7 application processor, will feature a camera equipped with Smart Flash, will come with a fingerprint chip under the Home button, will have a plastic and fiberglass frame making it lighter and slimmer, and will come in more than two colors.
Kuo is pretty accurate when it comes to making Apple predictions, so this information could be close to correct.
A photo displaying the new A7 chip rumored for the next generation iPhone was leaked last month by iOSDoc, who also reported that this A7 chip will be a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, outdoing the tri-core chip found on the iPhone 5. It will also have 2GB RAM and a new version of iOS.
Apple is also rumored to be releasing an iPhone with a bigger screen in 2013, which could end up being the iPhone 6. However, the company has not confirmed anything at this time. Apple normally releases iPhones between June and October.