One of the industry's best-connected analysts has dismissed the chance of a new take on the iPhone landing before September, despite some tech sages’ forecasting that a fresh Apple contender will drop as early as next month.
In a typically forthright interview on Bloomberg TV, Jeffries analyst Peter Misek ruled out an iPhone landing at June’s WWDC event. Basing his prediction on supply-chain rumbling that the market research company collates, Misek claims that the earliest we can probably expect the phone is September.
He said: “It typically takes 60-90 days of production before the phone is introduced to retail. And it hasn’t gone into production, yet, so if we assume production starts in June, that would mean the soonest you’d be able to get it would be late August/early September.
“But, we don’t think production is going to start until late June/early July and that’s based on 400+ suppliers that we track.”
Perhaps disappointingly for the iFaithful, Misek also refuted claims that we might get a significantly redesigned kit this time.
According to the number-cruncher, although multiple colours are a possibility, the majority of changes “will be underneath the hood, much like they were with the 4S”.
That suggests the rethought version of iOS that Jony Ive is helming will be the phone’s main sell, along with spec-sheet enhancements such as 12 megapixel camera, faster processor and fingerprint-tracking that have long been mooted on the tech-site rumour mill.
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