I was reading this “analyst”, read fortune teller’s, speculation at what the next iPhone will include and when it will debut. It’s too bad that the T3kd site went down and lost all my posts. When the iPhone 5 and the fifth generation(Gen.) iPod Touch launched. I surmised that Apple may be bringing different colors to the iPhone 5s. When the iPad Mini launched along with the fourth Gen. iPad this fall I speculated that Apple might go back to a spring/summer release for the iPhone. As for the 128GB storage capacity I have posted about that possibility before the iPhone 4 was announced. It is guaranteed that Apple will release an iPhone 5s. Just as sure as the fact there will be an 5th generation iPad and a 2nd generation iPad Mini. So let’s discuss the iPhone 5s rumors why don’t we.
So now this analyst makes these “predictions” and gets coverage about it. I have often maintained that I should be a damn analyst, come on one of you big banks hire me. Anyway I do think having different colors on the iPhone is a possibility especially because of the appeal to a younger audience. As I said in my lost posts Apple is a very calculated company. So just as the MacBook Air is a test bed for the MacBook Pro the iPod Touch is the same for the iPhone.
The earlier release date just makes sense because waiting until Fall to launch the iPhone, iPod and iPad line up gives their competition a whole lot of time. The mobile space is turning out to be a hot one and Apple is definitely not going to sleep on the competition. So they will need to release something and they have already updated the iPad along with the launch of the iPad Mini. This leaves the iPhone which would be a welcomed update for many who passed up the iPhone 5 upgrade.
The NFC is a toss up whether it would actually happen. Passbook hasn’t been widely adopted but NFC hasn’t been widely adopted either. As someone at Apple said, I think Tim Cook but I’m not sure, NFC doesn’t really fix any problems. But that could have also been some clever Apple mis-direction if NFC wasn’t ready for primetime on the iPhone 5. What if Apple combined both NFC and Passbook for a complete solution? So yes it is possible but we wont know until some time later this year. Possibly WWDC if they go back to releasing the new iPhone hardware then, I guess we’ll see.
The 128GB storage model I would say is the least likely thing to happen. If you look at the models available now and all the online services for media. It’s hard to see where the 128GB model would be positioned. Sure the 16GB option could disappear like the early 4GB and then the 8GB models. Then the remaining models would shift over so that the 32GB would become the smallest storage model. The only problem is that although the 16GB model has become too small for a majority of users the 32GB is probably the most popular model.
So without lots of people buying the 64GB model why would Apple go even higher? I doubt they would increase the cost of the already premium priced smartphone. So it just wouldn’t make sense right now especially because none of their competitors have done anything with their storage that is a clearly compelling reason for consumers to choose the device over an iPhone. At one time it did seem necessary but now it has actually become less necessary with all the online services now offered. There is online offerings to post pictures, videos and other files. There are online radio stations and streaming music apps so there aren’t too many reasons that a 32GB iPhone never mind a 64GB iPhone isn’t enough.
If the iPhone is on an earlier release schedule then I’m sure in the New Year (this being the new year since I wrote this post a little while ago) there will be a lot more leaks. So we’ll just have to wait and see what happens then. If it gets any of these rumoured upgrades it will be sweet it’s just too bad for this editor but I will have to skip it