As an Apple event for the next-generation iPhone nears, leaks and predictions have started to become more common. Today, analyst Mark Moskowitz for J.P. Morgan said to investors that he expects Apple to release two new iPhone models this fall: a newly redesigned “iPhone 5,” along with an upgraded “iPhone 4-plus” that would target midrange smartphone buyers, particularly in emerging markets like China.
Moskowitz said to investors that he expects the new fifth-generation iPhone to have a thinner and lighter form factor and to also include both CDMA and GSM radios for a “world mode” handset. He suggests that the next-generation iPhone will not support 4G. The “iPhone 5” is expected to have a larger Retina display with a “significant” but not “radically different” change in physical design.
“The new iPhone 5 stands to be based on the iPad 2’s A5 processor or a newer A6 version,” he said. “We also expect 1GB of RAM to increase memory access times.
In addition to the “iPhone 5”, Moskowitz expects another version of the iPhone. “A second device (4-plus) based on the current iPhone 4 but with some minor improvements could target the midrange and focus on China,” he said. “As for the current iPhone 4, we expect it to subsume 3GS as the lower-end offering.” His research indicated that “iPhone 4-plus” could target one or more carriers in China. Also, he does not expect the phone to be exclusive to China.
“There could be other use cases, particularly in the midrange,” he said. “Either way, the size of the China opportunity overcomes any potential drawbacks of making a specially-designed service for a few wireless carriers in one region, in our view.”
Apple is expected to unveil its next-genration iPhone and iPod touch in the coming weeks at a press event. Numerous rumors have suggested an event in September and a launch in October. My predictions for the next iPhone can be read here.