The iPhone 5 has been in circulation now for 3 months and, although it is still being rolled out across the globe, attention is turning to the next one, the iPhone 5s (or 6). In December, Peter Misek, an analyst or Jeffries predicted that the new iPhone would be available in a range of different colours. Topeka Capital Market analyst, Brian White has concurred with this and has also added that different screen sizes would be available as well.
White’s predictions are generally way off the mark – take his prediction last year that Apple’s shares would be worth $1,001 each by the end of 2012 – current market price is a little shy of $550, a light difference. So this latest prediction could be one his most controversial yet – here’s what he had to say –
“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. This eventually opens up the possibility for a lower-priced iPhone (i.e., iPhone mini) with a smaller screen size that could allow Apple to further penetrate markets such as China and open up opportunities in India. At the same time, Apple could unveil a larger screen size compared to the recently updated 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5.”
Although the iPod Touch was released in several colours last year, it is highly unlikely that Apple is going to move away from their tried and tested classic black or white style. The screen size could be a different matter, if Apple wants one device to reach all areas of the market but again, it’s highly unlikely to happen. Where the iPod Touch was aimed at the younger generation, the iPhone is not and most are quite happy with the colour and size that it is already supplied in.
Take these predictions with the smallest pinch of salt as they are unlikely to become a reality.