Though Apple’s moves are not quite predictable, keen analysts have observed that the tech giant is busy expanding its product base to introduce versatility. Analyst Brian White has specifically drawn attention to Apple’s entry into the phablet arena and the budget-conscious market.
The supposed phablet competitor is most probably the iPhone 6. Though exact specs are not available, White’s report stressed that it will be bigger than the 4-inch standard screens prevailing now. Recalling earlier rumors, the bigger display of iPhone 6 will use Sharp’s IGZO screen technology which will provide a thinner profile and better power efficiency. The device may feature a smart bezel, i.e,. a secondary display embedded around the primary display to add new controls. It may come with a 12MP camera and 64GB internal storage.
A remarkable projection about the low-cost iPhone drives curiosity. The report calls it iPhone Mini, which is supposed to emerge with a 3.5-inch screen similar to the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The model is expected to come in five colors. In addition to Apple’s standard black and white, White mentioned pink and blue. The other color is likely to be red as evident from earlier leaks.
The iPhone Mini will debut before the iPhone 5S. Assuming that the iPhone 5S is coming in August-September, the Mini model is likely to come in July. So, it nullifies earlier reports which said that Apple is gearing up to release budget iOS devices, pointing to a cheaper iPad Mini slated for Q4 2013.
While there are no other specific details about the iPhone Mini, it is clear that the device targets the budget-conscious market, especially India and China. A Morgan Stanley analyst recently projected that the iPhone Mini will bear a maximum price tag of $399. Apple enthusiasts are waiting for the WWDC on June 10th to quell speculations and learn the truth.