No iPhone 5 On The Cards, Only iPhone 4S Says Analyst

Analyst Brian Blair, from Wedge Partners, has revealed some interesting information about the awaited iPhone launch from Apple.

Apple Insider reports that, according to Wedge Partners, Apple will release only an improved iPhone model, currently dubbed in the news industry as the iPhone 4S (or 4GS). The iPhone 4S launch will not be accompanied by a much improved iPhone 5, but rather by a 3G enabled iPod touch.

Blair wrote, "We expect the focus of the new iPhone will be iOS 5, a speedier A5 processor and a higher resolution 8 MP camera with a small possibility of a larger 4 inch screen. We believe the casing will be largely similar to the iPhone with some particular modifications to the antennae."

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In a previous article we cited a Concord Securities analyst called Ming-Chi Kuo, whose predictions coincide somewhat with those of Mr Blair. But you have to wonder - all this delay only for an improved iPhone 4?

Blair also mentioned that, "Apple could have a software-based solution for switching carrier networks that mimics the functionality of a handset with multiple SIM card slots. This would give users in emerging markets who frequently switch between carriers (using handsets with 2 or 3 sim card slots) the freedom to move between carriers easily."

If we link this with previous reports, an iPhone 4S launch seems quite plausible. But, the question remains the same - aren't potential iPhone customers looking for a revolutionary handset? Particularly with the raft of superphones hitting the market from the likes of Samsung, Motorola and HTC.

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