According to Chris Whitmore, an analyst at Deutsche Bank, we won’t see a new iPhone this September, but two: a lower-end one, known as the iPhone 4S, and an iPhone 5. Could Apple be looking to target customers with lower budgets?
According to a report published today, the release of the next-generation iPhone has been pushed back to September, in order to release it simultaneously with iOS 5. According to people familiar to the matter, we might also see a cheaper scaled-down version of the iPhone, similar to the iPhone 4, targeted for developing countries.
Apple is cutting its iPhone 4 orders ahead of the launch of a new iPhone model. Based on the information previously available, we speculated that the next iPhone would be a relatively small upgrade. Now, reports are indicating that in fact it will actually be a major one, likely to be known as the “iPhone 5”.
Rumors of a future iPhone are definitely intensifying. Just over the last few months, a lot of information, including design aspects, have leaked out. That could only mean one thing: the next iPhone is months away from being unveiled. A leaked image by the Taiwanese website Apple.pro, allegedly depicting the back plate of a future iPhone, will only add to the excitement.
Verizon’s been telegraphing its intent to drop unlimited data plans for nearly a year, and despite the fact that LTE smartphones launched with all-you-can-eat options, those plans haven’t changed one bit. Reuters reports that Verizon will finally nix the megabyte buffet this summer, replacing it with a fully tiered data pricing scheme, though CFO Fran Shammo also floated the idea that tiered data could open up an avenue for family data plans. We’ve never really enjoyed sharing minutes, so we doubt counting our kilobytes will be much fun, but we suppose there’s always room for Verizon to pleasantly surprise us with a really low price for mobile web browsing. Right? By the by, Fran also reiterated claims that the next iPhone will be a global device, and said that when it launches on AT&T, it’ll hit Verizon stores at the very same time.
Former Engadget editor Joshua Topolsky has heard that the iPhone 5 will get a radical teardrop redesign with a 3.7-inch screen and a home button gesture area.
Our sources say the new model (or at least one of the new designs in testing) looks “more like the iPod touch than the iPhone 4.” The phone will be thinner than the iPhone 4, and may have a “teardrop” shape which goes from thick to thin (something along the lines of the MacBook Air profile).
Apple is reportedly providing select gaming developers with an ‘iPhone 4S’ device which uses the A5 processor, according to a 9to5Mac report.
They already have select developers working on versions of their iPhone applications that take full advantage of the next-generation iPhone’s speedier and much more powerful hardware. These developers, seemingly from high-level gaming outfits, have been given what is essentially an iPhone 4 but with an A5 processor instead of an A4. The device itself is virtually identical to the iPhone 4, and there is no way anyone can tell it’s not an iPhone 4 based on the phone’s exterior.
Business Insider has just reported that according to an analyst at Avian Securities, iPhone 5 production will start only in September.
According to the analyst, iPhone 5 won’t be available until the end of this year or even early next year. He also claims that Apple is developing a cheaper iPhone.
The analyst has published the report based on information from key component suppliers. He writes:
According to Korean site ETNews.co.kr, Apple is planning on releasing the iPhone 5 during the 4th week of June. Multiple reports have already revealed that Apple will not be introducing the iPhone 5 during the Worldwide Developer’s Conference scheduled for June 6th. Instead, WWDC is said to be focusing on software only.