Apple testing two iPhone prototypes, analyst says
Apple is currently testing two prototype iPhones, claims Jefferies analyst Peter Misek. One of these is <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/277364==http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/01/15/apple-to-begin-preliminary-iphone-5s-builds-in-march-for-junejuly-launch---report" rel='nofollow'>said</a> to be Apple's next flagship model, nicknamed the iPhone 5S. The nature of the other phone is unclear, but could possibly be the rumored <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/277365==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/01/15/one.rumor.claims.possibility.of.see.through.design/" rel='nofollow'>low-end iPhone</a>. In any case, Misek expects the 5S to be an incremental upgrade over the 5, and debut in June or July, even though the 5 and 4S were both fall releases.<br />
Misek speculates that a low-end iPhone may have already been greenlit, and that it will take the iPad mini's approach of being a "concentrated" device, rather than built cheaply. "Likely specs: polycarbonate [plastic] case with 4" non-Retina display and no LTE," the analyst writes. Apple has used Retina screens on every iPhone and iPod touch since the iPhone 4.
Looking further ahead, to a so-called iPhone 6, Misek speculates that Apple will upgrade to a 4.8-inch screen. Initially, Apple stuck with 3.5-inch displays for the iPhone, even after competing Android phones were regularly surpassing the 4-inch mark. The iPhone 5 appears to have been a concession to demand though, and Apple could conceivably carry on that trend whenever the 6 ships.
Regarding Apple's alleged <A href="http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/01/14/more.likely.that.cuts.come.from.yield.improvement. say.analysts/">reduction in iPhone 5 part orders</a>, Misek argues that they're probably connected to three factors, including preliminary production of an iPhone 5S in March. Also playing a role could be an assembly bottleneck that caused part stockpiles to rise during the holidays, and demand that isn't low so much as in line or "slightly below optimistic expectations."
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