Posted 01/16/2013 at 9:50 AM
Posted 4 years ago
After the months of rumors surrounding the iPhone 5, we could all be forgiven for wanting a little bit of a break from speculation and hearsay surrounding Apple devices; however, the Cupertino rumor mill is one that refuses to let up, and reports are now surfacing that we could well see the next in line iPhone by the summer.
According to Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, Apple is currently testing two prototypes – one of these he believes is the iPhone 5S. In his report to investors, Misek said that his supply chain checks anticipate a June or July release date, with preliminary production beginning as early as March.
This latest report backs up a report from December of last year in which he predicted a mid-year release for the iPhone 5s. According to MacRumors who had access to the report, the other device in testing Misek refers to could well be the widely rumored low cost iPhone. Misek also offered up some thoughts on what specs the cheap device could include:
“Similar to the iPad mini, we expect a concentrated low-cost iPhone rather than a “cheap” one. Likely specs: polycarbonate case with 4″ non-Retina display and no LTE. We believe a new low-cost iPhone would increase Apple’s share, decrease [gross margins], but have little impact on [earnings per share].”
No such specifics were provided about the iPhone 5S, although, the Jefferies analyst did add that he is no longer seeing any evidence of a 4.8-inch screen.
It’s important to remember that these are only analyst predictions, and predictions are not always accurate. Having said that, Misek’s report is very similar to the information from Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White that was published by MacRumors two weeks ago, and this do does give the iPhone 5S summer release prediction some weight.
An iPhone 5S and cheap iPhone in June or July would make sense for Apple as they look to compete with Samsung’s vast range of devices. However, I wouldn’t go putting money on it just yet.