The next device from Apple is rumored to be the iPhone Mini, a smaller – and more importantly cheaper – version of its smartphone, and the release date can be in the summer.
There are many reasons why Apple needs to start making cheaper iPhone Mini, Morgan Stanley and managing director of PC hardware industry, Katy Huberty, points out that, after meeting with Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer. Emerging markets like China and Brazil have snapped up the iPad Mini, according to comments raised by CNET. “IPad Mini is expanding customer base with Apple’s 50 [percent] of shopping in China / Brazil represent new customers for the ecosystem,” said Huberty. Likewise, Chinese consumers are showing signs that it is willing to buy the latest models for iPhone instead of the older generation smartphone.
Preparation for the expansion of markets, as well as existing ones, she anticipates that the new operator partnerships will take place in the 2nd quarter of 2014, with NTT Docomo, T-Mobile and China Mobile. Outside of these emerging markets, Huberty notes that consumers everyday Apple have been buying older versions of the iPhone.
“The demand of iPhone 4 surprised positively in the December quarter,” she said. She would not speculate whether the reason for this is due to the lower price of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S or the lack of innovation in the iPhone 5.
Besides saying that the Mini iPhone could launch in summer, Huberty said he hoped the iPad would be renewed in the middle of the year. I’m not an analyst, but I think summer and midyear can happen at the same time. Anyway, rumors suggest that a Mini iPad 2 will roll with a Retina display and the iPad 5 will be completely redesigned.