Apple's next iPhone, dubbed iPhone 5S or iPhone 6, could be available in three different screen sizes, with up to eight different colour options, an analyst has predicted.
Topeka Capital analyst Brian White wrote in a research report on Wednesday that "checks are pointing to more choices on the way with the next iPhone," including more colour options and screen sizes. "By providing customers with greater choices with the same high quality performance of the iPhone, we believe Apple has the potential to further expand its market share in the rapidly expanding smartphone world," he said.
White expects that the iPhone 6 will launch in May or June of this year, and will follow the iPod touch's example by introducing up to eight new colour options. The latest iPod touch is available in pink, yellow, blue, white and silver, and black and slate. "Also, the iPod family participates in the 'red' campaign with red-coloured iPods," he added.
White also predicts that the iPad will be available in multiple colours in the future.
"Our checks are also indicating that the next iPhone will offer customers more choice in terms of screen size," White continued. "Although Apple offers a 4in screen on the iPhone 5 and a 3.5in 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," wrote White. "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 4in screen on the iPhone 5. Clearly, there are many smartphone models that are now larger than 4 inches and even some bigger than five inches on the market."
This is not the first we've heard of the possibility of an iPhone mini, or even multiple colour options for the next iPhone (See iPhone mini rumour roundup). In December, Jeffries analyst Peter Misek said that the iPhone 6 will be available in six to eight colours with NFC, Retina+ display, 128GB of storage.
Other speculation has also pointed to a spring launch for Apple's next iPhone, as the company is believed to be moving to a biannual product cycle.
[Via Business Insider]
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