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iPhone 5S release date set for July according to leaked carrier document

If previous reports are any indication, then the iPhone 5S may be released by late Summer. Nowhereelse.fr, however, has managed to score new details on a potential release date for the followup to the iPhone 5. The site was tipped to Japanese carrier KDDI’s “cheat sheet” for the next iPhone, listing some of the specifications as well as a rough release date.

According to the carrier’s internal document, the phone will be released sometime in July, although an exact date isn’t provided. The document also specifies how handsets will be delivered to carriers on June 20th, so it stands to reason that pre-orders would follow shortly after. KDDI’s information seems to clash with recent reports of a launch later in the year, however. The Wall Street Journal recently revealed that the next iPhone would enter production shortly for an intended release in August or September.

This latest leak does point towards an improved camera, though. As we’ve heard in the past, the camera on iPhone 5S will also be upgraded. KDDI suggests that we’ll see a jump to 13-megapixels, up from the 8-megapixels currently used on the iPhone 5. Reports have previously indicated that Apple is looking to “raise the bar” of the iPhone’s optics yet again, with a particular emphasis being placed on low light performance.

KDDI’s information also briefly mentions the iOS 7 redesign that has been alluded to several times. More details of the visual overhaul emerged just recently, with lead designer Jony Ive said to be focusing on a “flat” design that will do away with detailed and real-life textures seen in more recent iOS revisions.

Still hungry for more info? Then make sure to look over our iPhone 5S rumour round-up.

[spotted at PhoneArena]

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