The new iOS 4 will be available for download tomorrow, and comes just three days before people take possession of the new iPhone 4. Apple has a lot riding on both these new releases, which is all due to the constant bombardment from Android. So what is the future expectations of the handset and the mobile OS that goes with it?
Android still has a long way to go, with Ian Paul on Reseller News reporting that there will be 100 million iPhone users by 2011 – how many of them will be iPhone 4 users we do not know. But judging by pre-order sales of 600,000 in the U.S. it will not take long for the new Apple smartphone to become their biggest selling model yet.
The research conducted by Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, expects numbers from 42 to 48 million by the end of 2010. If there will be 100 million users by 2011, then sales will really have to move up a gear – one way could be to open it up to other carriers in the US, such as Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile.
Huberty believes that more than half of current iPhone owners will choose to upgrade to the new iPhone 4 this year. The reason behind this is simple; most iPhone owners currently have the original 2G and 3G model – maybe because they could not afford to get out of their contract to get the 3GS this time last year.