T-Mobile, Sprint iPhones Coming for the Holidays: Analyst

In yet another confirmation of what we already predicted, Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek said in a Friday research note that Apple‘s iPhone 5 isn't likely to include LTE. It will launch in September, and won't be the iPhone 5, but the iPhone 4S, he said.

Misek said that “According to our industry checks, the device should be called iPhone 4S and include minor cosmetic changes, better cameras, A5 dual-core processor, and HSPA+ support."

It's pretty similar to what we have already heard, and it sounds a lot like the iPhone 3G to iPhone 3GS transition. Based on that upgrade, and recalling our lack of excitement once the original "wonder" of a new iDevice rolled out, we'd question if it's really a necessary upgrade. In fact, those who have iPhone 4s should probably stick to their current models.

Perhaps more interesting than that is that non-news is that Misek says that “industry checks indicate Apple will likely announce Sprint, T-Mobile, and China Mobile as new carriers.” Since T-Mobile uses different 3G frequencies than does AT&T, the iPhone would have be redesigned, but what's stranger still is that those frequencies are destined for AT&T's LTE (assuming the deal is approved).

That means, they have already confirmed, that owners of current 3G smartphones (such as a T-Mobile iPhone 4S, would be) must swap out their handsets, eventually.

Meanwhile, Sprint is another CDMA carrier, so that device can leverage the changes that were made for the Verizon iPhone 4.

Misek said that Qualcomm LTE chipset Apple would have used “is currently not achieving yields sufficient for inclusion in the iPhone 5.” He said that Apple had hoped to have the LTE chipsets ready, but had already been planning a version without LTE called iPhone 4S.

While Misek said that Apple will announce distribution deals with Sprint and T-Mobile in time for the holidays, China Mobile could take longer. He believes, though, that China Mobile, that Asian nation's largest carrier, could be added in the next 12 months.
Via:  BGR
Tags:  Apple, iPhone
Comments
fat78 3 years ago

I think apple is getting scared that android is quickly taking a large amount of the smartphone market. They need to expand their phones to try and stay on top.

Many android phones and only a few different apple phones, give consumers more options if they chose android os phones. Not to mention the fewer restrictions on the android market, so more developers to create apps.

AKwyn 3 years ago

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I think apple is getting scared that android is quickly taking a large amount of the smartphone market.

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Apple, scared? Nah. They've got a million dollar selling easy to use phone with the largest app market ever.

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Many android phones and only a few different apple phones, give consumers more options if they chose android os phones. Not to mention the fewer restrictions on the android market, so more developers to create apps.

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Yes, Android phones have fewer restrictions and more choices but they always manage to lose out to the iPhone in terms of useability, despite better features. Note that consumers are not like us; they don't care as much about whether or not there are a lot of restrictions , they just want to buy a phone that works/is easy to use for them and be out, and Apple is the main provider of an easy to use smartphone at the moment. That may change though.

 

fat78 3 years ago

Um taylor have you seen the sales of android phones, android now has more of the smartphone market share in the u.s than iphone has and it is still is increasing. The only reason apple still has alot is because of their iphone 4 and their going to have to release another one to stay current in the smartphone market. No one is going to buy a old phone when every one is talking about another new and more flashy phone. Now that the iphone 4 craze has begun to die off sales are going to drop.

Apple cant compete when there are so many companies that can make android phones and only apple who can make apple phones. People want the newest tech out their because they think its better if iphones dont constantly upgrade they become junk pretty fast. Example many kids had bought the iphone 4, 6 months later i saw them with a droid.

I think the same thing is going to happen with the ipad since so many companies are now expanding into the tablet market once people begin to notice different and better tablets they arnt going to go for ipad. And that may happen faster because a 700$ ipad vs another tab that could be as low as 300, more people can afford 300 than 700.

rafilka 3 years ago

thanks for good post!)

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