According a recent report from FBR Capital Markets, Apple’s 5th-generation iPhone could hit the streets sometime in September, without a major redesign, and suggests that there will be no lower-cost version of the iPhone.
The report, which follows up on previous reports of the new iPhone being released in September, comes to us from FBR analyst Craig Berger, who issued a note to his clients, referencing the new iPhone as “N94”, and claiming that his sources are now referring to the device under the marketing name “iPhone 4S”.
The note also suggests that the new iPhone will only be a spec-based upgrade, and will largely retain the same form factor as the current iPhone 4. He compares the transition to Apple’s previous one from the iPhone 3G to the iPhone 3GS.
Berger continues to suggest that there will not be two iPhone models in September, contrary to prior rumors which suggested that Apple might release a lower-cost version of the iPhone alongside the new, fully revamped model.
Berger is hedging his bets on the notion that Apple will introduce the handset in the first half of September, likely at their annual iPod event.
This report certainly is interesting, despite the fact that it produces nothing that wasn’t already suggested before. What are your thoughts? Sound off in the comments!