Brian White, Analyst, Topeka Capital Markets
Now this is cool news, except there seems to be some controversy on whether or not the word “mini” refers to an iPhone or the iPad. It couldn’t be that an analyst got his information wrong could it!
On top of that there’s also disagreement as to the introduction to the public. Now this is the kind of information that makes Apple Investors just stand up and cheer, and say thank you analysts, where would we be without you.
But seriously, an iPhone mini? I thought we wanted to go in the other direction of Phablet and grotesquely oversized phones? No? And why doesn’t Apple simply turn on the cellular capability in the iPad and make it a wicked big phone, it couldn’t even be called a phablet at that point…what would you call it, let me know?
Steve with the iPhone Phablet?
Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White issued a research note today indicating that a cheaper ‘iPhone Mini’ would be announced in June along with the next version of the iPhone 5, the 5S, and shipped in July.
The ‘iPhone Mini’ is not actually expected to be smaller than an iPhone 5 — except in price — but will have a curved back casing constructed with colored plastic, White says, and should be priced somewhere between $350 and $400, as opposed to iPhone 5′s $700 to $900 price tag. Naturally, there will be deals with carriers to get the phones for “free” with wireless plans.
That price point, White says, will be cheap enough for consumers, but also expensive enough for investors:
We believe this price point will provide relief for those investors concerned that Apple would be sacrificing too much margin or brand to serve the lower price band of the smartphone market.
Part of White’s information is in strong contrast to a report from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo yesterday, which said that Apple’s iPhone 5, the new cheap iPhone, and the updated iPad Mini would all be delayed until perhaps October/November. This kind of discrepancy is not uncommon as analysts fish for details with industry insiders who may have only small pieces of the full picture. Apple attempts to keep a firm lid on any shipping timetable information or rumors. White is basing his report today on new information from sources in the Chinese consumer electronics world.
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/04/12/curved-colorful-cheaper-iphone-mini-and-iphone-5s-to-be-launched-in-july-analyst-says/#tzQ3cEUvkPo3UFpX.99