Apple Set to Explode With Two New iPhones
J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz believes Apple’s plans to launch two new iPhones — the iPhone 5 and updated entry-level iPhone — in October will “likely drive quarterly shipments for the device higher.”
Moskowitz’s research revealed that the iPhone 5 will feature world phone (GSM and CDMA) capabilities to target Chinese carriers, and that the “iPhone 4-plus” (or iPhone 4S) will replace the iPhone 3GS as Apple’s lower-end offering. The introduction of an affordable iPhone, the iPhone 5, plus deals with Sprint, China and possibly T-Mobile should make investors very happy according to Moskowitz. He expects a “big “bang” as Apple plans to target the mid-range mobile market and new Chinese customers.
However, 9to5Mac said last week that while the iPhone 4-plus is flying off the production line, the iPhone 5 is facing production delays and may suffer shortages until 2012. While dedicated Apple fans wait for the iPhone 5, Apple seems to be focused on adding more people to its fan club by offering more affordable options like Sprint’s unlimited data service plans.
A Sprint Nextel sales associate told TUAW that they would be carrying the iPhone 4 in October and iPhone 5 in 2012. We originally thought the associate was wrong, but perhaps Apple is expecting delays, and won’t be able to supply all four major U.S. carriers with the next generation device right away. It looks like Apple is betting on the low-end iPhone 4 to nab new customers through Sprint and T-mobile.
Once again I remind you that this all is speculation right now. The T-Mobile rumors have been pretty quiet lately, and no one is even sure when Apple plans to makes its next announcement. Even Best Buy and Sprint, who are preparing for an iPhone launch in October, seem unsure of an actual release date.
[via Financial Post]