Next iPhone to have the most significant upgrade yet, claims analyst

It may be months before Apple's latest iPhone is officially unveiled, but that isn't proving to be a deterrent and rumour mills have been abuzz. Yesterday, it was reported that a Foxconn employee had revealed that the next iPhone would be launching in October and not June during the WWDC event, rebutting the revelation made by another employee from Foxconn. Later on a report had surfaced that Apple was testing prototypes of the iPhone with a variant of the A5X chipset. The brand had given out iPhone 4 units to be tested with the updated chip, as they did not want the design of the handset to be leaked before the official announcement. The latest bit of information regarding the upcoming flagship smartphone from Apple comes courtesy of Brian White, an analyst at Topeka Capital Markets.


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Report of a 4-inch display surfaces again


According to a report by Business Insider, White was on a tour of tech suppliers in China and Taiwan and he states, “The buzz around the new iPhone 5 is growing in Asia and speculation around the timing of the launch has begun. In our view, this will be the most significant iPhone upgrade with a four-inch screen and a new, sleek look that we believe will require a unibody case.” He goes on to state that since it will feature a sleek design; this will be the primary reason why it would upgrade to it. Being LTE capable will add to the interest of potential consumers making them opt for this handset. He states, “We believe the iPhone 5 ramp for the December quarter could be extraordinary, dwarfing previous launches and driving the stock closer to our $1,001 price target.”

As for when the production will begin, White reckons that certain components will start getting produced by June. However, he clarifies that the handset may not be unveiled this month or even in July. As for when the sixth generation iPhone will be launched, White states, “In our view, a August/September launch may make more sense given the iPhone 4S was just launched in October 2011.” This is by far the maximum information we've got on the iPhone, till date. Hopefully before the upcoming iPhone is launched, we can expect more details to leak. Let us know your thoughts on the iPhone featuring a 4-inch screen in the comments section below.

Published Date: Apr 11, 2012 10:20 am | Updated Date: Apr 11, 2012 10:20 am