Just last week we brought to you several news about Apple's next iPhone. Over the last few months there have been many rumors and speculations that surrounds the next generation iPhone that it becomes quite confusing. There are claims that the next iPhone will closely resemble the current form factor of the iPhone 4 and will receive a minor update with regards to hardware. On the other hand, there have been reports that the iPhone 5 (or 4S) will feature a major redesign. Now if this report from an analyst turns out to be true, then it would explain why we have been seeing too many contradictory reports.
Chris Whitmore, an analyst at Deutsche Bank, have made a prediction that Apple will be releasing not one but TWO iPhones, the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 will be Apple's official successor to the iPhone 4 and will most likely be on the same price range as the latter. While the iPhone 4S will be Apple's offering for the mid-range market which is speculated to be priced at $350. He also said that the 4S will be a prepaid phone with plans that are similar to the iPad which means you will only pay for calls and data that you have used.
Whitmore says that this is Apple's strategy to capitalize on the decline of other smartphone providers such as Nokia and RIMM:
With Nokia and RIMM struggling, the time is right for Apple to aggressively penetrate the mid range smart-phone market.
So just how likely this analysis of Whitmore to be accurate? If he does not have any "reliable source" and only based his analysis on the current existing reports, then this is nothing more than just a speculation. Although to Whitmore's credit, this could be the explanation as to why we are treated to many conflicting reports about the next iPhone.
Apple COO Tim Cook have hinted earlier this year that they may have been looking at the possibility of a prepaid iPhone or even a less expensive one, to which he explains that Apple understands the needs of their customers "not just the rich." And this particular bit of information coincides with other reports that indicates that Apple will manufacture an iPhone that is closely similar to the iPhone 4 and will be marketed towards developing countries.
If this analysis is accurate, then more than ever, everything makes proper sense. But unfortunately, without credible sources, this is merely a speculation. All we can do is wait for Apple to officially announce the next generation iPhone this September. And that will most likely happen during the company's annual music event where refreshed iPod models will be launched and as well as the release of the much anticipated iOS 5. [via Business Insider]Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback