Well connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said on Monday that Apple’s fall phone lineup will include the “iPhone 5S,” a plastic “iPhone 5C,” and the iPhone 4S. What? No iPhone 5?
Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said in a research note on Monday that he believes Apple’s anticipated “iPhone 5C” will actually be positioned as the company’s mid-range device, not a low-end option as was previously rumored. Instead, the company’s entry-level iPhone will be the iPhone 4S, he said.
Kuo sees the “iPhone 5C’s” price in the $400 to $500 range, without a contract subsidy. The iPhone 4S, should fall into the $300 to $400 range.
Kuo’s claims run against popular opinion, which sees the “iPhone 5C” replacing both the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The logic behind the belief is that Apple would want it’s entire lineup to share the Lightning connector, and the 4-inch display.
The “iPhone 5C” is expected by most to include the same basic components as the current iPhone 5, with an A6 processor, and 4-inch Retina display. However, the new handset is expected to feature a plastic shell, which will come in a variety of colors.