Apple's next-gen iPhone could be a more considerable upgrade than previously rumoured, in order to keep the iPhone competitive and maintain its position at the top of the smartphone market, a leading analyst has suggested.
If the iPhone 5 isn't a significant upgrade compared to the iPhone 4, then why would customers even consider buying it? Analyst Shaw Wu from Sterne Agee questions, before proposing that the soon to come iPhone 5 would be "a bigger upgrade than we expected", Apple Insider reports.
"We are picking up that this interim iPhone refresh in the Fall timeframe could be a bigger upgrade than we expected...We believe this keeps the iPhone fresh and competitive and helps maintain its leadership position," the Sterne Agee analyst wrote.
The display could be slightly larger than iPhone 4's 3.5 inch screen, probably 4 inches, the design could be curved and thinner, while keeping the same form factor and size of iPhone 4.
Wu wrote "We believe this makes sense to improve the iPhone experience without making it too bulky as we have seen with models from competitors."
In addition, the smartphone is expected to sport the dual-core A5 processor, which is currently found in iPad 2 and the iPhone 5 will also run the forthcoming iOS 5 operating system.
Apparently, the device won't have 4G-LTE connectivity, since this technology is not in perfect tune at the moment.
Apple's upcoming smartphone is thought to be arriving sometime this autumn, with most suggesting it will come in September, or maybe October.