The Apple’s iPhone 5 which was launched all the way back in September, and considering about its eventual successor now is unreasonable. The analysts certainly don’t mind, having speculated about the “iPhone 5S” for at least a month now. Peter Misek of Jefferies an analyst – has been the heart of it. Today, he chimed into the argument once again, noting to investors that two iPhone prototypes are currently being tested by the Cupertino company.
Suggested two alleged prototypes, one is thought to be the hotly rumored “iPhone 5S,” but the most interesting could be the second, which is reckoned by Misek to be a low-cost iPhone to hit economic budget at the entry level of smartphone market. Of course, this isn’t the first time we heard about such rumors – it’s all been about as long as talk of iWatch, iTV, and other iProducts which, as yet, haven’t reached the ripeness. Considering Apple heavy Phil Schiller strongly refuted the speculation of a lower-priced iPhone very recently.
It will certainly be interesting to see whether – if Apple does decide to ship a cheaper iPhone – it takes similar respective shape and design to the iPad mini. In fact the smaller shape tablet however disappointed with the missing key features like Retina display, and was considered grossly expensive comparec to similar spec slates on the market currently.
Now we are already starting to hear rumors about the next-generation iPhone – the iPhone 5S, which according to recent reports will hit assembly lines in March of this year, for a launch in June/July. While the low-cost iPhone is said to be a pawn in Apple’s plan to woo emerging markets such as China – a nation which Tim Cook has pointed to as a key component in his company’s quest for world domination continued exponential growth.
“Similar to the iPad mini, we expect a concentrated low-cost iPhone rather than a ‘cheap’ one. Likely specs: polycarbonate case with 4-inch non-Retina display and no LTE.”
“Our checks indicate that preliminary builds for the iPhone 5S will start in March for a launch in June/July. As word of the earlier production schedule starts to spread, we believe we could see a slight slowing of demand CQ1 in anticipation of the new product launch and Apple will likely start curtailing channel inventory.”
The apparent lower cost device with a cheaper casing, of course this is all just rumor at the moment and we will have to wait till later in the year to find out. Meanwhile, the so-called iPhone 5S will included incremental, quintessentially-Apple upgrades to keep the punters happy; so a faster processor, improved general performance, and an a couple of Siri-level implementations to see users through until the iPhone 6 – which Misek believes will offer a 4.8-inch display.
It will be interesting to see if Apple sticks to the annual schedule of September or October for the iPhone 5S, like they have done in the previous two years or if they decide to switch back to a June or July release frame. Stay tuned for a more concrete evidence soon! (via AppleInsider)