Apple’s iPhones have always been victims of rumors and the latest one suggests that the next generation iPhone will debut by August or September this year. It is not yet known whether the next iphone will be the 5S or the iPhone 6.
But rumors are spreading like wildfire as to how Apple will introduce new features into it. Barclays analyst Kirk Yang has come to a conclusion that the launch will happen in August/September and will give Apple sufficient time to introduce new technologies, but not too late that their competitors might steal all the sales of 2013.
According to Yang, Apple will release both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 in two models each: One model will feature the standard support for frequency-division duplexing (FDD) technology, which is used by most of the world’s carriers, but another model is said to finally support the unique time-division duplexing (TDD) technology used by China Mobile, the largest telecommunications carrier in the world.
This report makes a great deal of sense, considering Apple’s reported efforts over the past several years to woo China Mobile into introducing the iPhone on its platform. With 703 million active subscribers, Apple badly wants to strike a deal with the carrier as it is what matters in the current market scenario.
While most reports are claiming that Apple intends to release the iPhone 5S in 2013, some have said that the cheaper iPhone 6 will be released in 2014.
With analysts and investors concerned with Apple’s diminishing share price, and the constant threat of rivals’ releasing better and better smartphones each year, the pressure is on Apple to stay competitive and the only way to do so seems to be the release of a low-priced iPhone 6 along with the much hyped iPhone 5S.