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The Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 5S has been spotted again. In today's IT Blogwatch, we round up the rumors and fettle the features, as mused by the masses. Oh, and what of the imagined iPhone 6 -- is it possible we'll see it this year? Bloggers blather on...

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

Vlad Andrici dishes the dirt from China:

[Let's] look at another pic allegedly featuring Apple’s upcoming iPhone. ...they come from different sources so it might be more than just a coincidence.

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[So] iPhone 5S’ display assemblies have moved into mass production. ... Apple might release its next iPhone before summer’s end.  MORE

Ho-hum? Yawn? Eric Slivka tells us why we should care:

...the new photo is notable because the parts appear to have been photographed on a production line. ... [It] points to mass production...already being underway with the possibility of the device being ready for launch earlier than expected.

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Parts for the iPhone 5S are beginning to leak with increasing frequency...revealing a new A-series chip, a larger...battery, and an updated rear camera...with dual-LED flash.  MORE

So Matt Swider speculates to accumulate:

All of this information backs up recent rumors about Apple's next iteration of its smartphone. ...we're still waiting to hear...if it indeed has a 12-megapixel snapper...if it will have...the iPad 4's A6X or...the next in line A7, and whether it will contain [a] fingerprint sensor..

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Much to the delight of iPhone accessory manufacturers, the screen size and volume buttons...appear to be the same as last year's. ...with the deluge of manufacturing photos getting less...blurry, that launch date must be getting closer.  MORE

And Richard Goodwin brings rumors of two other members of the iPhone family:

Recent schematics leaked by one plucky case manufacturer alluded to the possibility of [a] cheaper iPhone Light. ... The iPhone 6 [which] many have been waiting for since the iPhone 4S...is now widely reported to be Apple’s first large-form smartphone.

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Apple could do the unthinkable and release a trio of handsets at varying price points and sizes during the latter part of 2013...but that’ll never happen. ...given Apple’s history and penchant for ignoring market trends [we'll see] the iPhone 5S launch in late-Q3 followed by the iPhone 6 in 2014.  MORE

Meanwhile, Patrick May and Troy Wolverton have bad news for those long on $AAPL:

[The] stock price has been rolling downhill...dipp[ing] briefly below $400 a share for the second time this year. ... iPhone sales look iffy.

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Apple fell 2.65 percent...while the Dow dropped nearly 1 percent, continuing a nasty three-day tumble. ... Jefferies analyst Peter Misek...chopped his price target from $420 to $405. ... Trip Chowdhry with Global Equities Research warned of declining morale among Apple employees [and the] unprecedented debt offering and increasing amounts for share buybacks and dividends have failed to achieve their goal./> ...

[But] Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney said he thought investors "weren't looking at Apple the right way."  MORE

All of which makes Larry Dignan pause for thought:

Apple has a few tricky supply chain items to navigate. ...buyers know a new iPhone is coming. ... The biggest wild card may be overall smartphone fatigue.

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The sales windows for new devices are getting smaller and the risk of being stuck with inventory appears to be rising.  MORE

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