Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White claims that Apple will provide consumers with greater choices for the next-generation iPhone, making the handset available in multiple colors and screen sizes.
According to White, the so-called “iPhone 5S” will be offered in pink, yellow and blue alongside the traditional black and slate and white and silver two-tone color options. The analyst does not provide specifics about the screen, however, merely noting that multiple sizes will be made available.
“Our checks are also indicating that the next iPhone will offer customers more choice in terms of screen size,” White reported. “Although Apple offers a 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5 and a 3.5-inch screen on the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, the Company has never offered multiple screen sizes for a single model. We believe this is about to change with the next iPhone offering different screen sizes that we believe will allow Apple to better bifurcate the market and expand its reach.”
White has also pinpointed the release date of the seventh-generation iPhone as next May or June, which matches an earlier report from Jefferies analyst Peter Misek back in December. Misek too claimed that Apple will introduce the next iPhone in June with half a dozen color choices, while adding that the handset will feature NFC technology and possibly an improved camera, longer-lasting battery, larger 128 GB internal storage and an IGZO display panel.
By utilizing IGZO technology in the next-generation iPhone — and future iOS devices altogether — Apple would be able to achieve thinner displays, which translates to an overall thinner device. Last we heard from hit-and-miss rumor mill DigiTimes is that Apple is in talks with its overseas manufacturing partners about possibly implementing the new display panels in next-generation devices.
Apple launched the first four generations of iPhone in the June – July timeframe, traditionally at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference keynote. The Cupertino-based corporation broke that release cycle by holding off on the iPhone 4S launch until October 4th, 2011, just one day before the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed. A return to WWDC stage could be in store for the iPhone 5S.
Just yesterday, an unreleased iPhone running iOS 7 originating from Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California was uncovered in developer usage logs. It is highly possible that Apple software developers are already testing a prototype model of its forthcoming iPhone, ahead of a late spring or early summer launch. For now, it’s back to the waiting game.