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Obvious alert! Analyst says iPhone 5 will be a "radical update"

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Obvious alert! Analyst says iPhone 5 will be a
We know that pre-CES is a bit of a down time for tech news, so analysts have little to do, but this one seems especially unnecessary to us. An analyst for Sterne Agee has gone on record with a couple statements on the iPhone 5 which make us question what exactly the requirements are for being an analyst. 

In a note to clients today, Shaw Wu made the bold proclamations that the iPhone 5 will be Apple's "most important catalyst" this year, and that it will overshadow both the iPad 3 and the iTV, which is expected to be Siri-powered and launch this summer. To prove this point, Wu mentioned that the iPhone is "arguably" (though we don't know who is arguing this point) the most important single product in Apple's lineup, also noting that in the fiscal year 2011, the iPhone represented 40% of Apple's revenue, and likely at least 60% of profits. (Though the analyst didn't seem to mention the ridiculously high subsidies that Apple gets from carriers as the reason for the profits.)

Going even further with the analysis of things we already know, Wu cited supply chain sources which point towards a "radical" redesign for the iPhone 5, with an LTE radio, larger screen, thinner case, and sleeker form factor. 

Let's recap: Obvious point #1: the iPhone 5 will be a radical redesign (obvious because this has happened with every iPhone that doesn't end in "S"). Obvious point #2: bigger screen, thinner, and LTE (the screen was inevitable, as was a thinner design, and LTE has to come eventually, so why not predict it every year?) Obvious point #3: the iPhone will overshadow the iPad 3 and iTV (come on, that's like saying the USA is going to overshadow Canada and Mexico in North American news this year.) 

Okay, we've used up our snark for the day. Let's get back to some real news. 

(Side note: the image we've used for this article is nothing but a mockup, and likely has no resemblance to the actual iPhone 5 design.)

source: BGR

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posted on 04 Jan 2012, 15:02 10

1. hunted (Posts: 287; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


That phone looks like Nokia's X-series model

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 15:23 13

7. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)


the title image is just a mockup, not a real render of the potential design. we'd say it's just about a zero percent chance the iPhone 5 looks like that.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 21:48

33. medalaster01 (Posts: 40; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Why are all the comments for iPhone and not for android???.........it all make sense now because its number 1!!

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 03:05 2

44. musi722 (Posts: 43; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)


look it's not real, even a concept one! take a look on the concept design of iPhone , it's too closer !

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 15:03 25

2. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid (Posts: 117; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Obvious point #4: I ain't gonna buy an iPhone 5.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 17:50 8

26. maier9900 (Posts: 257; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


Obvious point #5: im buying one and so will millions of ppl, just as they buy amdroid, so good for you that you wont get one, its ok, someone else will.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 19:06 16

30. JesterB (Posts: 16; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Obvious Point #6: Millions of people who are brainwashed by Apple Advertising. Taking things that other phones have already done and making it seam unique and revolutionary.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 19:25 6

31. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@jester. And you're obviously stupid to say that :)

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 22:49 5

34. maier9900 (Posts: 257; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


JESTER_B ----- you must be a brainwashed android fan... for thinking that Apple copied everybody else, you hate Apple so much that you dont even bother to know the whole story which is quite the opposite of what you said. Let me feel you in on a Fact; If it wasnt for Apple and their iPhone, HTC and Samsung would still make TO THIS DAY those buggy flippy phones with only a menu option and contacts button. And Google created android because they saw an increase in popularity of the iPhone and wanted to create somethin of their own, Android would not exist today if it wasn't for the iphone, FACT. Technology works in misterious ways if you didn't know, and im not saying that Apple invented the phone, no, but they started a different market, technology and so forth... it only takes a person to come up with an idea and the rest will follow with their own creation based on that idea... get it? good.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 22:52 4

35. maier9900 (Posts: 257; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


wooow

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 02:31 1

42. hetero (banned) (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


enjoy the lag with crapdroid.....even the lockscreen on sgs2 lags....games crash if played fast

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 07:11 3

46. ElectroManiac (Posts: 47; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


You clearly haven't use a Sgs2

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 15:04 2

3. pecemaloto (Posts: 22; Member since: 17 Dec 2010)


analysts are schmucks... they all agree on that....

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 15:06

4. brenner182 (Posts: 29; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


i would not buy an iphone5 if it looked like that. That does not look classy at all.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 15:23 5

8. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)


the title image is just a mockup, not a real render of the potential design. we'd say it's just about a zero percent chance the iPhone 5 looks like that.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 00:43

38. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


ahmm! Michael H, i think he got that, he was just saying "IF" iPhone 5 looked like that, he'd not buy it. the key word here is "IF". So stop defending it now, we all get it

#Just_A_Thought

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 15:21 8

5. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


if they can make the Apple on the back glow like on mac books.. i am sold

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 15:22 11

6. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)


ah, if only all consumers were pleased so easily!

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 17:40 13

25. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


but iphone owners are pleased easily!!! lol

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 23:36 5

36. frydaexiii (Posts: 1156; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


I realised that too.

iPhone 3G to 3GS = Copy and Paste, Video recording, slightly better camera.

iPhone 3GS to 4 = Flash added to camera, front facing camera, slightly better camera, phone now made of glass.

iPhone 4 to 4S = slightly better camera, some talking robot thing

and reviewers always consider these "RADICAL" changes =.="

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 00:45 1

39. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


LOL, ur right, thats why I'm w8ing 4 iPhone 5 and still holding onto my iPhone 4, if there is nothing I can really use or benefit me without bn a gimmick, I'll get me some iPhone 5

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 12:05 1

48. musi722 (Posts: 43; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)


any way a cool design !

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 15:55 5

12. Whateverman (Posts: 3158; Member since: 17 May 2009)


You know there is a kit that will do that now. I don't know how much it would cost you but here's a clip, the websites at the end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45Q-dAAePpY&feature=youtube_gdata_player

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 15:57 5

13. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


you can make the back glow.

here's all the info you'll need. $43 kit

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Heres-how-you-can-make-your-iPhones-Apple-logo-glow_id24892

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 16:29

18. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I will check that out thanks... to both of you

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 16:45 7

22. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


It'll just drain your battery for no reason, also it'll be stupider if you have a case on your iPhone.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 18:44 3

29. Whateverman (Posts: 3158; Member since: 17 May 2009)


We can't really go there now can we? Apple users get a little customization and we rag on it draining the battery? I love having my live wallpaper, but it drains my battery too. I think the glowing Apple is cool and with a few more sw upgrades and a bigger screen would make me an iPhone owner too.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 18:04 2

28. jacko (unregistered)


ha ha ha watch robberies go up coz there so overpriced for so little they get stolen and sold for high price

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 15:24 6

9. Fallout09 (Posts: 409; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


No it doesnt look like Nokia's X-Series Model. You must be confused. This is Apple you are talking about, the X-series looks like the iPhone. I have seen the orginal drawing of the iphone 5 like 8 years ago. It was on a piece of toilet paper.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 15:26 7

10. c.hack (Posts: 487; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


99% of analyst iPhone predictions are wrong or total BS.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 15:33 2

11. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


the next iphone better be devastatingly wonderful or their pe multiple and per share price will slide. another 4S will alienate their target audience (I would hope)

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 16:05 4

14. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


for a phone costing 200$ and a company selling it for 600+ $ this is at least 300% profit...another obvious point why the phone is 60% of the company's revenue

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 16:06

16. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


did I do the math right? 200% profit? yes? no?

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 16:15 2

17. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5632; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Who even use the word radical? And I hate concept pics. Analyst are never accurate.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 16:40 4

19. buggerrer (Posts: 282; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


please don't start this sh1t about iPhone5 .. the new iPhone will be released late 2012
so stop posting bulls**t

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 16:41 3

20. HTCOE (Posts: 314; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


im getting the galaxy nexus s screw the iphone 5 but i will get the ipad3

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 16:41 3

21. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Pass....2010 specs much

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 17:15 1

23. torr310 (Posts: 303; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


I see just another speculation...

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 17:37 2

24. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1468; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


another minor physical change with outdated specs, yawn

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 17:55 3

27. protozeloz (Posts: 5321; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Why I feel like they are not going to see all those things on the next iPhone. LTE, bigger screen (two battery drainage factors ) and quad core on a slimmer iPhone? Call me stupid to consider them all to occur at the same time unless we see a super battery that can hold more time with less size. Without exploding on the consumers hand or stop operating 6 months latter. For much that I'd love to believe it. All the consequences that could occur could simply become a bother

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 19:52

32. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


Phone arena allyuh eh playing allyuh wicked. Real Imps up the man story LOL

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 00:33 1

37. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


The only biggest change i could see in the next iPhone is 1GB RAM instead of 512MB RAM iPhone 4s. I wonder if iOS really needs 1GB RAM? When Windows Phone only need 256MB Minimum RAM.
But yeah there will change in screen.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 00:51 3

40. bbblader (Posts: 530; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


iPhone 4S==to==> iPhone 5 - new look,bigger 4'' screen,LTE,4G ITS AN INNOVATION THATS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 02:57 1

43. musi722 (Posts: 43; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)


look guys it's not the real shape of the iPhone 5 !
so don't write every junk you want!

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 04:45 1

45. dZW (Posts: 23; Member since: 16 Jun 2008)


loved the aritcle! keep up the good work PA!!

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 20:41

49. lemenade (Posts: 31; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)


I smell patent trolls coming.

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