You would think Siri would be a standard feature by now, but Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster released a new research note yesterday surrounding the upcoming Apple product launches. In the note, Munster predicts that the iPhone “5C” will not be shipping with Siri. He also predicts that it will be replacing the iPhone 4S to be the lowest iPhone tier, and that the device will ship for about $300 off contract. Other tidbits regarding the iPhone 5S, the next-gen iPads, as well as the Apple TV within.
In terms of the phone itself, we expect the cheaper phone to have a plastic casing, 4″ display, and lower end internal specs (processor, camera, memory, etc.) than the 5S/5 line up. Additionally, we believe that Apple may exclude some software features, such as Siri, which we note was not an option on the iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 upon launch.
The move supposedly would help differentiate the iPhone 5C from the higher-end models. Apple also likely hopes this would keep sales of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5 from being cannibalized due to the lower-end device having similar features.
Munster also takes note of a few things regarding the iPhone 5S:
We expect the iPhone 5S to include a fingerprint sensor with a basic unlocking feature, but do not believe the sensor will be built into iOS 7 enough to introduce a feature like secure payments as we believe that Authentec has only been a part of Apple for less than one year. We believe that payments could be a key feature of the next version of iOS in 2014.
While we have come to expect that the iPhone 5S will have a fingerprint sensor of some kind, Munster is predicting here that the hardware will be limited to unlocking the device. Otherwise, the iPhone 5S is expected to follow patterns set by previous refreshes in that it will see longer battery life as well as bumped camera sensors, processor speed, and RAM.
In the note, Munster also accounts for future iPad releases. The new iPad mini and next-generation iPad will likely see announcement in October, according to him.
As for other Apple products, Munster predicts that Apple will introduce a new TV device of some kind before the end of 2013. And, also, that Apple will introduce a larger-screen iPhone as well as an “iWatch” before mid 2014.