Information that has leaked out about the next-generation iPhone shows that it will be a significant upgrade, but a prominent industry analyst predicts that when Apple’s new smartphone is released in June it will cost the same as the current one.
Gene Munster with Piper Jaffray is predicting that the next iPhone will offer twice as much storage at the same prices: a 32 GB version will go for $200 while the 64 GB one will sell for $300. The upcoming model is also expected to have a much higher resolution display, better camera, and a faster processor.
AT&T currently offers a second-generation iPhone with 8 GB of storage for $100. Munster has told investors that he thinks it’s possible that the carrier will do the same again, and offer the 16 GB version of the iPhone 3GS for $100 after the fourth-generation models are released.
A Safe Prediction
The Piper Jaffray analyst isn’t going out on much of a limb with his predictions, as Apple used this same pricing policy last year.
In 2008, the company released 8 GB and 16 GB versions of the iPhone 3G for $200 and $300 respectively. In 2009, these were replaced by versions with twice as much storage but the same prices.
An Early Look at the iPhone HD
Although the formal unveiling of Apple’s next smartphone isn’t expected until next week, a great deal of information about the model has already leaked out.
It will supposedly be named the iPhone HD, and have a Touchscreen with IPS and a resolution of 640 x 960, significantly higher than the 320 x 480 ones in all previous versions, and even higher than the 480 x 640 screens used by many competitors.
Its expected to be the debut of iPhone OS 4.0, the first version of Apple’s operating system that will allow third-party applications to run in the background.
In addition to a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, there is strong evidence that the next iPhone will support iChat video conferencing using a front-facing camera.
Several images that have leaked out show it sporting a new, less rounded look.
The iPhone HD will almost certainly offer features users have come to expect, like 3G wireless networking, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a GPS receiver.
Apple’s Steve Jobs will take the stage on Monday, June 7. Exactly what he will say on the first day of Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) has not yet been revealed, but industry watchers point out that the most likely possibility is his company’s next smartphone.
Even if Steve Jobs takes the wraps off the next-generation iPhone that day, it’s not clear if this will be the actual release date for this model. In the past, Apple has announced its smartphones and then put them on the market later.
Piper Jaffray’ Munster is predicting the product will be available from AT&T in mid to late June. Numerous unconfirmed reports indicate that Verizon Wireless will introduce a version later in the year.