Recently, rumors have been flying around that Apple is cutting the production of iPhone 5 displays. Speculation regarding this cut is that Apple is either getting ready for the next generation iPhone 5S, or making the switch to new IGZO displays. When reporting on future Apple products, most analysts are in agreement that the iPhone 5S will be an incremental update, which will be released in the summer.
Jefferies analyst Peter Misek has previously speculated that the iPhone 5S, or the iPhone 6 as he calls it, will be release in June, come in 6-8 different colors, up to 128GB of memory, and a Super HD display called Retina+.
While that all seems too good to be true for just an iPhone “S” upgrade, Misek released a note today saying that Apple is currently testing two different prototypes internally. While one of these models he notes is the iPhone 5S, the other prototype could very well be the rumored low-cost iPhone.
Digitimes and the Wall Street Journal have previously reported that Apple currently has prototypes of two different iPhone models floating around. Misek’s note goes hand-in-hand with the rumors we’ve previously heard about the iPhone 5S and cheaper iPhone for 2013.
Although Misek did say that production of these two devices would begin in March, with a release of June or July, this would go against what Digitimes reported in November, which said Apple would begin iPhone 5S production in December and launch in Q1.
Misek mentioned that the cheaper, low-cost iPhone would release alongside the iPhone 5S, with a polycarbonate plastic back, 4-inch display, and lacking 4G LTE capabilities. This segment of his note also goes along with recent rumors stated by Digitimes and the Wall Street Journal.
As always, analysts are never 100 percent correct this early on in the launch process. As the dates get closer, more reports will begin to appear on the new devices and when they will be released. Apple is currently expected to release a new iPhone 5S in the summer, and a cheaper iPhone either at the same time or in the fall.
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