Originally Posted by RBR
I am beginning to think that Apple is going into a pattern of a "refresh" of an iPhone a year after the new model's introduction and a completely new model on the second year after the prior one's release.
Think of all the money and waste they are saving. They still have the 3GS in production, probably on tooling paid for a long time ago. If you look at The Mini or any of the Macs for that matter they try to get some longevity out of cases. This on products that have significant reason to look good.
Cell phones don't ave a reason to look good. Especially in the case of an iPhone which is a slab almost always encased in rubber. Honestly what could Apple bring to iPhone by redesigning the case for no reason.
This would be very much like Nikon's pattern of a midlife refresh for their Pro bodies (e.g. D3 & D3s prior to the expected release of the D4, except their cycle is 2 years for the mid-life refresh and 4 years for the new model.)
To me, this makes sense as Apple is able to keep the device up-to-date in many respects and the cycle is long enough for major changes in production processes and such to occur and be mature which makes supply and pricing a greater certainty than trying to introduce various chipsets that are on "the bleeding edge".
It also means you keep making money off old tooling. Think about it, how many manufactures produce and sell successfully three year old cell phones.
However I suspect that you mis one thing iPhones have been bleeding edge as far as chips go. Neither the A4 nor the A5 are anything to sneeze at.
AT&T is very careful to point out that actual download speeds of HPSA + is equal to or greater than that of the "4G LTE" handset/networks at the present time.
Although AT&T has deployed 4G LTE in at least 12 major markets this year (and advertises it heavily) the present 4G LTE chips Apple would have had to employ were reported to be both power hungry and probably not available in sufficient quantities to meet their requirements at the present time.
If this patter is accurate, the next iPhone release should be late summer or early fall of 2012.
As I am considering upgrading to an iPhone 4S, I would appreciate any comments explaining explaining why there would be an iPhone 5 (or whatever) released in Spring 2012. That just doesn't seem to me as fitting Apple's marketing plan.
There will be an IPhone 5 when the chips are ready not before. Rumors in the industry seem to indicate that would be in the second quarter or later. Of course nobody knows for sure and Apple could lock up a chip under contract much like they have with Thunderbolt.
The only way I see a possible iPhone 5 introduction before late summer 2012 is if it gets introduced as an iPhone PRo model. I actually see potential here for a Pro model as it would allow for the introduction of a larger screen model that doesn't compete with the smaller iPhone 4 form factor. It would also be the place to intro LTE.
Yeah one thought, don't worry about it!
Seriously there is much talk about iPhone 4S not being a game changer which is BS. Apple completely changed the game with the first iPhone and the introduction of the SDK. So Apple isn't about to get involved in game changing when they are playing so well now. What they should do is put more players on the field. Thus an iPhone Pro that could come at anytime. Well anytime after the required hardware debuts.