Wall Street analysts are already predicting record first day sales for Apple’s iPhone 5.
Apple will unveil the follow-up to the iPhone 4, the iPhone 5 (or perhaps, the rumored iPhone 4S), at an event in Cupertino on Tuesday.
Demand and anticipation for a new iPhone is always high, but thanks to a 16-month gap between the release of the iPhone 4 and its successor, customers are more excited about the iPhone 5 than ever.
In a note to investors, Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White expects “pent up demand” for a new iPhone to “shatter” single day sales records. In 2010, the iPhone 4 moved 1.7 million units in its first three days of release and was Apple’s most successful product launch ever.
Beyond sheer demand, the next iPhone is expected to launch simultaneously on more wireless carriers. Not only will AT&T and Verizon get the phone in the U.S., Sprint is also rumored to be carrying the device. On the international front, China Mobile is reportedly in negotiations to carry the iPhone 5, a move that could end up with millions upon millions of new customers for the Cupertino-based company.
Cult of Mac cites Janney Capital Markets analyst Bill Choi, who is telling investors he expects Apple to push 84 million iPhone units through the end of 2011 and up to 107 million in 2012. According to Choi, “Apple is well positioned to capture an enormous profit pool as mobility and content worlds converge.”
I spent seven hours in line to get my reserved iPhone 4 last summer. My line buddy remarked that he spent less time waiting in line to get tickets to see Elvis in concert in the 1960s. At the time, I said, “never again.” Of course, if I can’t snag a device online, I will be one of the thousands of people lined up outside of the 5th Avenue Apple Store.
The next iPhone is rumored to have a faster dual-core processor, a thinner profile and perhaps a larger screen. It will also feature a host of new improvements and enhancements thanks to iOS 5, including voice recognition and discovery, deep Twitter integration, better notifications and Apple’s new iCloud platform.
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What the iPhone 5 Could Look Like
Polish students designed this beauty, going with the curved back look. Found on VeteranGeek.
iPhone News Blog
This early mockup extrapolates from the current iPhone 4 design. It's a clean design -- one we'd be happy to slip into a pocket. Found on the German iPhone News Blog.
Called the "Size Zero iPhone 5," Antonello Falcon's flight of fancy has a 4.6-inch screen, curved glass edges, a thin 8.4mm cross-section and a soft-touch Home button. Perhaps this is more akin to an iPhone 6. Found on VeteranGeek.
This is My Next
This mockup from ThisIsMyNext has been floating around for a while, but it latched on early to the teardrop-shaped cross-section and larger screen.