Today seems to be a day on which the Apple rumor mill is back with the iPhone 5S rather than the iPhone 6 or the iPhone Math, on this occasion reporting that production of the 5S could potentially hit full-stride no later than March of this year. If true, this would certainly tally with the predicted June or July release date for the 5S, which is also the timeframe in which we’ve been told to expect the iPhone Math…pinch of salt on standby.
Jeffries analyst Peter Misek this week released an investor note stating that at least two new iPhones are currently in their testing phases at Apple, of which one is likely to be the fabled iPhone 5S. With regard to the other of the two, momentum seems to be gathering behind the notion that this year’s most important iPhone release will in fact be the long-awaited affordable iPhone that’s been swirling around the rumor mill for years.
According to Misek, the lower-priced iPhone 6 – aka the iPhone Math – will not exactly be what most would consider a bargain, but will instead arrive as an upper-mid-range Smartphone with a non-Retina quality 4-inch display, no changes to the processor, no LTE antenna and a mostly plastic case to replace the current aluminum shell.
Release date rumors for both have pegged the new iPhone to arrive side-by-side or in close succession during Q2 of this year, which would represent a significant change from Apple’s recent fall iPhone updates. If true, suggestions that Apple has switched to a six-monthly product refresh cycle for both iPad and iPhone ranges would seem to hold water. One of Android’s primary consumer drawn is known to be more frequent product refreshes allowing consumer to upgrade more frequently should they wish to do so.