Apple’s next smartphone launch could be more focussed on software than hardware, an analyst at securities and investment banking firm Jeffries predicts.
Rumblings of an imminent announcement from Cupertino are growing louder by the day, as rumours and speculation continue to pile on that it could happen early October.
"We expect Apple to conduct a press event on Oct. 4th with focus on iOS 5 and its cloud service capabilities. We also expect the announcement of an iPhone 5, which could be called the '4S' as Apple appears to have vacillated on the name," said Peter Misek of Jeffries.
Apple has already confirmed that iOS 5 will be rolled out this autumn, although it has not so much as said a word on the fifth-gen phone, which missed its original due date in June. Recent reports suggest that we’re likely to get a slightly upgraded variant of the iPhone 4 rather than a full-fledged design rethink.
Misek noted, however, that the handset, regardless of whether it’s called the iPhone 5 or the iPhone 4S, will still pack several hardware enhancements, such as an A5 processor – same as the iPad 2 -, a better resolution camera, a marginally larger screen and possibly a slimmer design.
He also believes that Apple would continue to offer the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS alongside the new phone, with the latter aimed more towards emerging markets.
"We expect three iPhone models going forward: iPhone 5 (or 4S), iPhone 4, and a lower-priced 3GS targeted at pre-paid and emerging markets. We expect mid-October launches at carriers including Sprint," said Misek.
Apple is rumoured to hold a press event on October 4th to unveil the new handset, possibly at its headquarters for the first time as new CEO Tim Cook takes on mantle from Steve Jobs.
International Business Times