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Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new research note in support of earlier claims that the fifth-generation iPhone will not go into full production until September. Kuo's note also corroborates other reports indicating that the new iPhone will be largely identical to the iPhone 4 in appearance and contain primarily internal improvements.
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.

Kuo has also been told that the new iPhone will go into trial production in August and mass production in September, allowing Apple to reach shipment volumes of between 28 million and 32 million units this year. That would align with previous reports that have indicated Apple plans to make its new iPhone available for sale later than usual this year, likely in Apple's next fiscal year beginning in October.
Kuo's report does, however, apparently assume that the new iPhone will be introduced at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in early June, despite that event coming at least three months before the device would become available under this scenario. A number of other reports in recent weeks have indicated, however, that there will be no iPhone introduction at WWDC, with Apple potentially looking to its annual September iPod event for the introduction of the new iPhone.

Kuo suggests that the main selling point of the fifth-generation iPhone will be a significantly revamped iOS 5, although the operating system would presumably be fully or nearly fully supported on the iPhone 4 hardware. Kuo claims that the sixth-generation iPhone will be the model to carry a substantial redesign and could launch in the first half of 2012, even with a later-than-usual introduction of 2011's iPhone model.

Despite a few misses, Kuo has frequently offered fairly accurate information originating from Apple's supply chain, perhaps most notably pinpointing the smaller, thinner MacBook Air ultimately released late last year.

Article Link: Spec Bumped iPhone 5 Set for September Ramp? Revamped iPhone in 1H 2012?
 

vincenz

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I need to find work as an analyst. My crystal ball has been begging to be used lately :rolleyes:
 
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ECUpirate44

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As expected. I didn't expect anything major considering the drastic change from the 3GS to the 4.
 
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bigjnyc

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If this is true I am going to do something I've never done before, and skip an iPhone version.
 
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basesloaded190

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This is getting ridiculous. Seems like every day we are getting new reports from different analysts GUESSING when the believe the phone will be introduced.
 
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sammich

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Sarcasmville.
Well everyone is predicting a few month delay. This is going to mess with my 2 year upgrade plan. Do I upgrade later or upgrade earlier...
 
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talkingfuture

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The back of beyond.
It does seem as though people are putting so many guesses out there that one is bound to be right. I wouldn't be surprise to see a longer cycle this time as it must be getting harder each year to make big leaps in functionality rather than just refining and upgrading what is already there.
 
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imola.zhp

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So those of us that are still using 3gS's (that are on their last leg) should prolly go ahead and get a 4, and then wait for the 6...

Not so awesome news, I shoulda got a 4 a few months back then, oh well, maybe I'll wait to see what the white 4 looks like if its released on the 26th...
 
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andiwm2003

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my 3GS is having more and more issues. battery life goes down, touchscreen is getting less responsive/less precise. I hope it holds up for a while.

If not I can get either:
- the rumored white iPhone 4 end of April
- the rumored iPhone 5 end of September
- the rumored iPhone 6 in 2012

nice, every few month a rumored replacement for my 3GS:rolleyes:
 
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edddeduck

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Mar 26, 2004
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Stopped reading there.

I agree completely.

Once you hear "analyst" in a report or rumour you know it has more to do with them trying to buy or sell some shares than anything based on fact. I don't think I have seen one comment from Piper Jaffrey or other analysts being factually accurate unless they are reporting from an official press release, and even so you have to be careful. :)
 
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So those of us that are still using 3gS's (that are on their last leg) should prolly go ahead and get a 4, and then wait for the 6...

Not so awesome news, I shoulda got a 4 a few months back then, oh well, maybe I'll wait to see what the white 4 looks like if its released on the 26th...

Yeah, not the best news for 3GS buyers. That said, I dont think anyone should have buyers remorse with the iP4. The display alone will make the upgrade worth while:) But, (if 3GS isnt on the fritz) waiting till Sept. may not be a bad idea. The A5 is superb.
 
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basesloaded190

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my 3GS is having more and more issues. battery life goes down, touchscreen is getting less responsive/less precise. I hope it holds up for a while.

If not I can get either:
- the rumored white iPhone 4 end of April
- the rumored iPhone 5 end of September
- the rumored iPhone 6 in 2012

nice, every few month a rumored replacement for my 3GS:rolleyes:

I just bought an iphone 4 on Saturday. My mute button was broken, I didn't feel like getting it fixed and didn't want to wait until September for 5. Not regretting it at all! I plan on selling the 4 in the future, but might just wait for Iphone 6 in 2012 now. That's what I would recommend anyone doing who has a 3GS dying
 
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DotCom2

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my 3GS is having more and more issues. battery life goes down, touchscreen is getting less responsive/less precise. I hope it holds up for a while.

If not I can get either:
- the rumored white iPhone 4 end of April
- the rumored iPhone 5 end of September
- the rumored iPhone 6 in 2012

nice, every few month a rumored replacement for my 3GS:rolleyes:

That's not your phone. It's the crappy 4.3.xx software!
 
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Fotek2001

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This is getting ridiculous. Seems like every day we are getting new reports from different analysts GUESSING when the believe the phone will be introduced.

Um, that's their job. An analyst is supposed to do research in order to make educated guesses about the future behaviour and performance of a company...
 
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alcaponek

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I just bought an iphone 4 on Saturday. My mute button was broken, I didn't feel like getting it fixed and didn't want to wait until September for 5. Not regretting it at all! I plan on selling the 4 in the future, but might just wait for Iphone 6 in 2012 now. That's what I would recommend anyone doing who has a 3GS dying

my 3G is dying too :) but I need iPad 2 first

i would rather go with dumb phone and iPad 2 for use in school etc
 
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mtcowdog

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Regardless of the rumors, the next iPhone needs to have LTE and a larger screen. I live in an area that won't see LTE for some time, and yet LTE will be a factor in my next phone purchase. And a larger screen would be very nice. After playing with many of these new android devices, I don't see the disadvantages I expected with larger screens.

And whether the next iphone comes out summer or fall is a non-issue to me. Holding a new iPhone until early 2012, however, would be a big mistake. Even fragmented and subject to the bloatware whims of carriers, android is a significant competitor.
 
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RebelScum

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obvs

This is in line with the iPhone life cycle.

2007 - iPhone (the Apple Beta)

2008 - iPhone 3G - Complete Redesign (or, IMHO, the "real" launch)

2009 - iPhone 3GS - Modest update

2010 - iPhone 4 - Complete redesign

2011 - iPhone 4.5 - Modest update

2012 - iPhone 5 - Complete redesign. (or at least, significant overhaul.)

iPad, iPod Touch & iPod Nano follow this curve. I feel like we can expect a revolutionary new device every 2 years, and a modest upgrade in between.
 
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SooneratND

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I'm not buying the iPhone 6 timeline.

The 5 rumors make some sense, so as to not piss off the new Verizon owners who couldn't wait for the 5 to come out in June. However, assuming the 5 isn't slated to begin production until October, why would Apple release a new phone 6 months (or less) later? That will just piss both AT&T AND Verizon users who upgrade to the 5. I can't see them ramping up production for a phone with a 6 month anticipated life span.
 
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acfusion29

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Nov 8, 2007
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Stopped reading there.

I agree completely.

Once you hear "analyst" in a report or rumour you know it has more to do with them trying to buy or sell some shares than anything based on fact. I don't think I have seen one comment from Piper Jaffrey or other analysts being factually accurate unless they are reporting from an official press release, and even so you have to be careful. :)


too bad you didn't read any further..

Despite a few misses, Kuo has frequently offered fairly accurate information originating from Apple's supply chain, perhaps most notably pinpointing the smaller, thinner MacBook Air ultimately released late last year.

i think i'm gonna skip the next iPhone and buy Apple Care.
 
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