Claims that Apple will lift the lid on two smartphones next month are little more than wishful thinking, an analyst has predicted, flying in the face of the latest rumours coming out of Cupertino.
Earlier today, Apple board member, former Veep and sworn enemy of petrolheads everywhere Al Gore appeared to confirm speculation that the tech giant is about to unveil a lower cost handset, reputedly dubbed the iPhone 4S, along with the all-singing, all-everything iPhone 5.
Not so, reckons Brian Blair of Wedge Partners. In a note to investors, Blair claimed that we’ve only a single new handset to look forward to, namely the iPhone 4S.
However, contrary to speculation the iPhone 4S isn’t a cheaper take on the handset of legend, but is instead an update to the current-gen iPhone 4, with the spec sheet we’ve led to expect by long-standing speculation on the interwebs.
Blair stated: “We expect the focus of the new iPhone will be iOS 5, a speedier A5 processor and a higher resolution 8 MP camera with a small possibility of a larger 4 inch screen.
“We don’t expect a second, dramatically different iPhone to accompany this as we don’t think Apple needs to have 3 models in the market to address the high end, mid-tier and low end since the iPhone 4 (with memory lowered to 8 GB) will drop to $99 and effectively attack those markets.”
Sold? It’s hard to argue with his reasoning on the latter front - especially his questioning of the widsom of making a new cheaper model rather than just dropping the price of iPhone 4. Either way, we’re now almost certain to find out come October 4th – the new mooted due date for the phone/phones’ official unveiling.