Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst for Concord Securities who correctly predicted that the iPad 2 would stick to the same resolution as the first version and would come with the same camera as the iPod Touch, has claimed that the iPhone 6 is likely to come in the first half of 2012.
Kuo says that fierce competition from the Android mobile platform means that Apple may be forced to opt for an earlier than usual release. He also affirms that the phone will come with a more dramatic hardware change compared to the iPhone 5, which he says will be slightly different from the current model.
In a move that resembles the tick-tock technique introduced by Intel for designing its processors, Apple may be bent on upgrading its phone hardware every other generation.
The iPhone 5 is expected to be presented at the Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco on the 6th of June 2011, but may not go on sale until later in autumn.
The phone is likely to come with the Apple A5 dual core system on chip, an eight-megapixel camera, a Qualcomm-based baseband module, an improved antenna design, the same screen size and resolution as well as iOS 5 which is expected to be heavily reliant on Apple's cloud infrastructure.