iFans can look forward to a ‘monster upgrade’ when the iPhone 5 lands later this year, an analyst has forecast.
Writing in a note to investors, Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray forecast that, unlike the iPhone 4S, which retained the same look as its predecessor, the next-gen Apple smartphone will feature a radical redesign.
Munster also noted that that the handset is likely to appear in August, as Apple returns to its policy of regular-as-clockwork annual product refreshes, and that the overhaul will fuel sales that make those of the iPhone 4S look pretty small-fry.
He stated: "If Apple sells 30 (million)-plus iPhones in Dec., with no new form factor, up from 17.1m in Sept., it would be evidence supporting our survey work indicating that 94 per cent of iPhone users plan to upgrade to a new iPhone.
"This theme suggests iPhone 5, which we are expecting in Aug. with a new form factor, will be a monster upgrade."
Other specs reportedly on board the handset include a quad-core processor, 4G network support in select territories and 128GB of memory.