Analyst: iPhone 4S Will Be The Only New iPhone Model This Year; No Redesigned iPhone 5


It is widely speculated that Apple will launch two new iPhones – a cheaper entry-level iPhone model that looks like iPhone 4, which has been unofficially dubbed iPhone 4S and a redesign iPhone 5 and we seem to have also got a confirmation from none other than Apple’s board member Al Gore who was quoted as saying ‘the new iPhones would be out next month’ at the Discovery Invest Leadership Summit yesterday.

But Brian Blair, an analyst at Wedge Partners claims that Apple will launch only one new iPhone model, the so-called “iPhone 4S” at a special event, which is likely to be held on October 4th based on yesterday’s report.

“We expect the focus of the new iPhone will be iOS 5, a speedier A5 processor and a higher resolution 8 MP camera with a small possibility of a larger 4 inch screen,” Blair wrote. “We believe the casing will be largely similar to the iPhone with some particular modifications to the antennae [sic]. We don’t expect a second, dramatically different iPhone to accompany this as we don’t think Apple needs to have 3 models in the market to address the high end, mid-tier and low end since the iPhone 4 (with memory lowered to 8 GB) will drop to $99 and effectively attack those markets.”

While, we have seen several leaked parts of iPhone 4S, including one which seems to indicate it will be powered by Apple’s A5 chip, we haven’t come across any leaked parts, which indicate a suggest iPhone 5.

But we find it hard to believe that Apple delayed the launch of their fifth generation iPhone and easily the most anticipated iPhone, to introduce one, which comes with faster A5 processor, 8 megapixel camera etc. and looks like iPhone 4. We doubt it will convince many iPhone 4 users to upgrade to iPhone 5.

What do you think?

[via BGR]