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Apple iPhone 5S set for June launch as part of blockbuster WWDC?

Now that the Samsung Galaxy S4 (opens in new tab) has been unveiled, all eyes are on the next move of rival smartphone manufacturer Apple. According to Piper Jaffray clairvoyant Gene Munster, the Cupertino-based firm will break cover with a new handset this summer.

Speaking to Bloomberg, (opens in new tab) the analyst-cum-fanboy claims that the iPhone 5S will launch in June, presumably at or around Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

As a result of not introducing a significant new product before that, Munster noted that Apple was likely to miss its early-2013 sales guidances. However, it may offer up a less showy iTunes or iPad update in April, he added.

Going against the grain of recent speculation, Munster said that the iPhone 5S may not come with fingerprint reading technology.

If that's the case, it seems unlikely that the new handset will sport an NFC chip either, as the two features were expected to be tied together.

However, Munster did tip Apple's upcoming smartphone to come with "new software features tied into the hardware" - a nod to the iPhone 5S "killer feature" rumours (opens in new tab) currently making the rounds. He also proffered that Apple will debut its mythical budget 'iPhone mini' (opens in new tab) in September.

Elsewhere, Munster said he was clinging to his prediction of an Apple TV launch in 2013 (opens in new tab), but the little rascal had to backtrack on his iPad mini with Retina to arrive in March tip - unless Apple manages to scrape together something in the next four days.

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