Folks who've been keeping tabs on the news of the tech world should know the hottest thing right now is the highly-rumored, subsequent iteration of the iPhone. Just last week, there were reports the next iPhone, widely presumed to be the iPhone 5S, will utilize the new “Touch-On-Display” technology and it'll come in multiple colors and screen sizes. Another notable iPhone 5S rumor floating around is Apple is planning to release the new iPhone by June of this year. With that said, another report surfaced stating a new “higher-end iPhone” will be released in June, along with a lower-end model.
According to a new report by BGR, the Cupertino company is gearing up to launch not one, but two, new iPhone models by mid-2013. Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley wrote a note to investors stating Apple's latest iPhone saw a “very strong” demand during the holiday quarter, which could add up to 173 million units for the fiscal year of 2013. The analyst sees Apple launching a “higher-end iPhone”, alongside a low-end model for emerging markets.
Walkley wrote, “we believe Apple could launch a higher-end iPhone model by the June quarter versus its more typical September/October timing for a new iPhone launch.” Yet, there is another report indicating Apple might finally break tradition by releasing the iPhone 5S before its supposed yearly cycle, or in September, much like what happened between the third and fourth generation iPad. A June release date is not too far-fetched, of course, because it falls in line perfectly with Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which is held every year in San Francisco.
Another possibility Walkley sees is Apple will launch another iPhone model alongside the iPhone 5S, but with a lower specification. Of course, this isn't the first time Apple has released release a cheaper version of its existing products, because of the iPad mini, which proved to be a very successful venture, even outselling the full-sized iPads. So it isn't surprising to see Apple releasing a cheaper iPhone, in order to gain control of sales in emerging markets like China, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
We also believe Apple could potentially launch a lower-end iPhone focused on more price-sensitive pre-paid markets, as we believe consumers in markets such as China, Latin America and Eastern Europe would have very strong demand for a more affordably priced 3G iPhone.
Of course, these are all speculations by an analyst, which is easy to take with a grain of salt. If these reports turn out to be accurate, it would be interesting to see how consumers will react to an array of options when it comes to the iPhone. As the days go by, expect to see more iPhone 5S rumors, speculations and predictions to pop up.Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback