Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley predicts that Apple will launch a ‘higher-end’ iPhone model in the June quarter, followed by a “lower-end” iPhone model in the price-sensitive markets such as China, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
“We believe Apple could launch a higher-end iPhone model by the June quarter versus its more typical September/October timing for a new iPhone launch,” Walkley wrote. “We also believe Apple could potentially launch a lower-end iPhone focused on more price-sensitive pre-paid markets, as we believe consumers in markets such as China, Latin America and Eastern Europe would have very strong demand for a more affordably priced 3G iPhone.”
It’s not clear what he means by a lower-end iPhone model as Apple already offers previous generation iPhones (iPhone 4S and iPhone 4) at a lower price compared to latest generation iPhone (iPhone 5). They are also at the lower-end when it comes to features and technical specifications.
We’ve already heard quite a bit of speculation regarding Apple’s next iPhone so far. It’s also not the first time someone is predicting that Apple will launch the next iPhone in the middle of the year rather than September or October. Back in November 2012, Taiwanese news publication DigiTimes had claimed that Apple could launch the next generation iPhone in mid-2013.