Analyst Reports that Next-Gen iPhone to Go Into Production this SeptemberApril 19, 2011 by: lillie
Ming-Chi Kuo, a Concord Securities analyst claims that the next-generation iPhone will not go into production until this September, as has been previously reported. He also notes, that most of the device’s improvements will be internal, and that the new iPhone will retain much of the same look as the current iPhone 4. This is the end of his credibility. As for the rest of the report- he’s wrong.
Here’s an excerpt:
Specifically, Kuo has heard that the iPhone 5 will include the faster A5 processor already found in the iPad 2, as well as a higher resolution 8 megapixel rear camera. He has also been told that Apple will switch to a Qualcomm baseband for both GSM and CDMA models, along with an improved antenna design.
My God, he’s really taking wild guesses there.
Proof that Kuo doesn’t know what he is talking about. The report makes the assumption that the new iPhone will be introduced at the upcoming World Wide Developers Conference (just as it has been in years past), but this flies in the face of all the other recent reports we’ve heard, claiming that there will be no new hardware announcements at this year’s WWDC. Additionally, this would mean that Apple would be announcing a device some three months before it would be available for resale. Apple doesn’t do that if they’re already in a particular market. If they announce something, it will be available either immediately, or very soon after so competitors can’t get a jump on them.
The crazies thing Kuo says however, is that the a sixth-generation iPhone that would replace the model that would be introduced in September, could be introduced as early as the first half of 2012. Yeah…
This is simply wrong. Apple is purposefully delaying the introduction of the iPhone 5 until September for several reasons, but mainly to breath new life into the fall media events that the company holds. They’re also moving it to this timeframe so they can start introducing iOS updates at WWDC, and still give developers time to prepare for it’s release in the fall alongside new hardware. This move also frees up WWDC, so it can be refocused on software and note hardware releases. Lastly, and more subtly, it gives customers who bought the Verizon iPhone in February, or customers holding out for a white iPhone 4, more time with their device, so as to not be too pissed off when Apple turns around this fall and introduces a new device.
It’s all a careful balancing act, and it’s all currently in transition.