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Apple to launch iPhone 5S in late-September, iPad 5 earlier

Apple's rumoured 'budget' iPhone will also receive an early-September launch along with Haswell-flavoured iMacs and Retina MacBook Pros, says analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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The rumoured low-cost iPhone could well have a plastic body like the iPhone 3GS

Apple’s iPhone 5S will launch in late-September in short supply, according to a note issued by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

The next-generation iPhone 5S will ship in limited numbers at launch, due to production setbacks involving, “numerous components”. This echoes the launch of the iPhone 5 which saw the device launch with a limited supply at first, with production ramping up later in the year. The timing also coincides with rumours of a production ramp we heard last week.

Earlier in September, Kuo expects Apple to launch the iPad 5 and the much-rumoured budget iPhone, which he dubs the ‘iPhone 5’. The new 9.7-inch iPad is described by Kuo as the, “highlight of iPad in 2013” who also notes that a retina iPad mini will not launch this year, owing to the higher energy demands of a retina display. Kuo predicts you’ll have to wait until March/April 2014 for that particular model.

As far as Macs go, Kuo predicts a late-August launch for a Haswell-flavoured iMac (presumably with little fanfare, given that this will likely just be a speed bump) and a mid-September launch for the Retina MacBook Pro with Intel’s latest processors.

The only one of Kuo’s predictions that doesn’t seem to stack up, as far as we’re concerned, is the launch of a cheaper iPad mini running a legacy A5 processor. Given the iPad mini’s current price, though, we couldn’t really see this being the case until the launch of a Retina model early next year.