By Anton D. Nagy | January 8, 2013 7:08 AM
There are two types of people in the world: those who follow closely what analysts say and those who couldn’t care less. There has been a lot of speculation regarding the next iPhone, whether it will be the iPhone 5S or the iPhone 6, will it be in summer or will it be in autumn, will it come in black and white or will it be multicolored?
Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley believes Apple will move away from its Q3/Q4 launch cycle and adopt a summer announcement policy. Furthermore, he foresees that Cupertino will unveil a “higher-end iPhone” sometime in the June quarter followed by a low-end model.
“We believe Apple could launch a higher-end iPhone model by the June quarter versus its more typical September/October timing for a new iPhone launch. We also believe Apple could potentially launch a lower-end iPhone focused on more price-sensitive pre-paid markets, as we believe consumers in markets such as China, Latin America and Eastern Europe would have very strong demand for a more affordably priced 3G iPhone”, he noted.
Apple usually has “lower-end” iPhones on the market: because of its price policy, the previous model is always offered at a lower price after the new model is launched. It also happens to be lower-end than the current device. However, the report claims that Apple will allegedly change this tactic and unveil a new, cheaper phone.
Update: Digitimes weighed in on the matter quoting supply-chain sources that claim Apple will unveil a low-cost iPhone for China and other emerging markets in the second half of 2013. Said sources also claim knowledge of the aspect of this alleged iPhone: a larger display, in line with current 5-inch display trends, and an entirely new design.