sted: 12:51 AM, January 26, 2013
iPhone 5? That’s so last season!
Apple will release three upgraded iPhones by the end of the year — despite launching its latest model just four months ago — tech analysts and Chinese newspapers report.
Two of the new models — the iPhone 5S and a first-of-its-kind low-budget iPhone — are due out by June, according to the China Times.
The third device, a larger-screened iPhone 6 with a 12-pixel camera, could be available by Christmas, analysts say.
The business move may be coming because Apple is feeling demand from folks who can’t afford smartphones, Wall Street tech market analyst Peter Misek told The Post. He also said the Samsung-style look of a big screen is gaining popularity. “A large percent of the population wants bigger screens — so there’s a demand for that and it’s hurting them,” Misek said.
Misek — who correctly predicted past iPhone features— said he is “confident” that the iPhone 5s will have an 8-megapixel camera and will hit shops by June. He also said the company’s “affordable” $250 iPhone will be heavier and made of polycarbonate material. The iPhone 6 will likely feature a 4.8 inch screen, he said.
The move is unusual for Apple, which has in the past released only one iPhone per year.
Natalie Harrison, a spokeswoman for Apple, refused to offer details about any in-the-works products.
" And recently, the the upstream factory area, told reporters that Apple as long as the material of the back of the handset replaced with cheaper materials, can quickly reduce costs, and the factory has a similar product R & D, but it was unclear whether the future will be used for the iPhone.
Wang Ping iPhone 4,4 s role in China largely acts as a low-cost iPhone version. "As far as we know, the iPhone 4 still in 2nd and 3rd market consumers in large demand., Apple will certainly continue to increase the expansion in 2nd and 3rd markets. Monitoring data, Apple dealer channel performance growth last year, mainly in a big city, we believe that this year may be a breakthrough. " "
Perhaps Tim Cook had some success with his meeting with China Mobile?
Jeremy Horwitz of iLoounge wrote a piece that said:
"...Also planned for a 2013 release is Apple’s “low-cost” plastic-bodied iPhone, which is being developed with China Mobile in mind: the government-owned telecom company has over 700 million subscribers. One of our sources claims that Apple’s iPhone prices remain too high for most mainland Chinese customers..."
Looks like the apple killer is getting under your skin. Nokia on China Mobile, Lumia 920T 1 yuan with contract. Apple - no Deal still may have to do 5 begging trips to China Mobile. Recommend selling all overpriced stock, invest in Beggin' Strips for resale for upcoming trips. LOL
Not if they come out with 3 plastic knock offs of the present I5 or I4 designs, with or without different colors - as I read somewhere. They need true size variation which , for unknown reasons they can't seem to comprehend - maybe the ghost of Jobs is still pulling strings from the grave. They seem stuck in the past. Why did it take them 2 yrs to come out with an iphone 5, They have 80,000 employees for goodness sake - what are they doing. The competition comes out with new models every 6 mos. Is Apple becoming too stodgy? ! Doesn't look good for the future !!