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Apple's iPhone 5S: What to Expect

Features and Beneficiaries

Now that Apple has introduced Long Term Evolution (LTE) into its product line-ups, we can expect that to be the case going forward until a standard emerges.

The big new feature people are expecting from the iPhone 5S is fingerprint technology, or biometrics, allowing users to unlock their phones with their fingerprints, instead of entering a password.

Apple acquired AuthenTec, a maker of fingerprint technology in 2012, and since then rumors have swirled that this will be included in the latest iPhone release. Some analysts on Wall Street have said the fingerprint technology could be used for payment processing as well.

In addition to the fingerprint technology, the iPhone 5S will likely have a larger and better camera, which could help Sony (SNE), as it's supplied the 8 MP back camera for the iPhone 5, and Omnivision Technologies (OVTI), which makes the iSightHD front camera.

Qualcomm (QCOM - Get Report) may also benefit, should Apple decide to use Qualcomm's new global chip to help cut down on costs and truly be a global iPhone.

In February, Qualcomm released the RF360, which supports all networks around the world. The RF360 supports the following networks: LTE-FDD, LTE-TDD, WCDMA, EV-DO, CDMA 1x, TD-SCDMA and GSM/EDGE, which would allow Apple to make a "global iPhone," which supports LTE connectivity.

If Apple does use the RF360, the long-awaited deal with China Mobile (CHL), the world's largest carrier with over 700 million subscribers, could happen sooner than previously thought. Cook recently visited with China Mobile for the second time this year to discuss "matters of cooperation," further adding fuel to the fire.

There's a high likelihood that Apple will unveil the latest version of its A-series processors, the 64-bit A7, used to run its iDevices. The A7 is reported to be 30% faster than its predecessor, the A6. Apple designs its own chips using intellectual property from ARM Holdings (ARMH).
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