Earlier today we gave you the news of Apple’s record profits which saw the company post some impressive results. During the posting of the company’s results there where new hints at iPhone 5 release.
Apple’s Peter Oppenheimer didn’t exactly say the words iPhone 5 but did reveal that the company was going to launch a ‘major product transition’ sometime in September. The new product Apple feel will have a big impact on its quarterly earnings for that time. The company are about to launch its new Mac operating system, and a MacBook Air refresh is also thought to be inbound anytime.
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For a while now speculation has suggested the new iPhone 5 will come in September, changing the company’s usual June announcement and summer release. There has also been talk of two handsets being released in September, with a more affordable version rumored.
Recently we have had talk of a prepay device that could be the iPhone 3GS offered for around $350. The company still sees a lot of demand for its handsets after reporting record iPhone sales; this is despite the growing popularity of the Android platform. Unfortunately Oppenheimer wouldn’t go into more details about the new product and just said “we will not talk about today“.
There has been a lot of talk of the iPhone 5 being a universal handset which will work on both AT&T and Verizon, as well as internationally. The company has seen big retail sales, and we recently reported that they were the quickest growing retail company in the US.
According to an article on AppleInsider Apple look to build on this with thirty new retail stores before the third quarter ends in September, and the launch of the iPhone 5. They will also have their first retail store in Hong Kong.
Its stores have seen 73.7 million visitors with over two million Personal Setup sessions taking place. The big cash revenues that Apple has created will allow it to spend huge amounts on development of the next iPhone, and could mean we see something really special. They will also be able to produce vast amounts of the units to satisfy the undoubted massive demand the iPhone 5 will bring.
They could also become more aggressive on price to meet the challenge of Android head on. We could see big discounts on current models as well as a competitive price for the new handset. Getting the market share up for the iPhone makes business sense, as people will then take to the App Store to personalize their handset. Apple take a 30% cut of every application sale, and also have the iCloud service coming later this year.
Do you think Apple will have something special lined up for the next iPhone?