Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White believes that the future looks bright ahead for Apple with the trend of negative news at the end of 2012 going into reverse heading into 2013 — along with the launch of an iPhone 5S model in multiple colors by June.
“Our checks indicate that the next iPhone will have more choices for customers,” the analyst wrote. “This entails an expansion in both the color patterns and screen sizes with the next iPhone (i.e., likely called the iPhone 5S) that we currently believe will be launched in May/June with certain supply production starting in March/April.” - BGR
The note from Brian White mirrors Jeffries analyst Peter Misek who told Business Insider last month that he expects an iPhone 5S in 6 to 8 colors in addition to an upgraded camera.
“Misek is predicting the iPhone 5S has a new super HD camera/screen, a better battery, and NFC," with possible updates including an IGZO screen for Retina+ and 128GB of storage.”
White also believes that Apple will offer customers two different screen sizes for the first time in the history of iPhone along with the availability of five colors: blue, yellow, pink along with white & silver, black & slate. The screen size options could help Apple to better address emerging markets with a lower-cost iPhone option.
Although iPhone being offered in multiple colors was anticipated to happen far sooner than 2013 — the aluminum backing may have made the move more practical as seen in the new iPod touch devices offered in a rainbow of color options.
“We believe there is still plenty to look forward to at Apple, including the potential for greater choices (i.e., colors, sizes) around the next iPhone in 2013, combined with accelerating momentum with the iPad mini and continued strength with the iPad franchise at large.” White added.
All I can say is that it's about time the iPhone saw some color.
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