Mark Moskowitz, an analyst for banking firm JP Morgan, told clients that Apple Inc. is expected to launch two new iPhone models, a slimmer model called the iPhone 5 and an upgraded version of the iPhone 4 called the iPhone 4-plus. Moskowitz is expecting that the iPhone 5 will be a “world phone” that supports both CDMA and GSM networks, while the iPhone 4-plus will target developing markets, as well as China.
“Our research indicates that there will be an iPhone 5 based on a lighter, thinner form factor that is GSM + CDMA capable, i.e., a ‘world-mode’ smartphone,” wrote the analyst. “A second device (4-plus) based on the current iPhone 4 but with some minor improvements could target the midrange and focus on China. As for the current iPhone 4, we expect it to subsume 3GS as the lower-end offering.”
Rumors about Apple’s expected refresh of the iPhone 4 have been many and varied, and just last week, a leaked AT&T product listing revealed a white version of a smartphone called the iPhone 4s, which is probably what Moskowitz is referring to.
The analyst also added that he does not see the company to release a new iPad this year. This is because other tablet offerings from competitors have stumbled, and offerings by RIM and MMI have been disappointing. He added that he was also unimpressed with an upcoming tablet from Sony.
A number of reports earlier this year claimed that Apple was planning to launch an HD model of the iPad, which is said to be ready by November.