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Reading the tea leaves: which analysts nailed the Apple iPhone unveilings

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Reading the tea leaves: which analysts nailed the Apple iPhone unveilings
Now that Apple has unveiled the Apple iPhone 5C and the Apple iPhone 5S, let's take the time to see which analysts nailed the story perfectly. Back in April, Citigroup Global Securities called for a September debut of the Apple iPhone 5S and a low-cost iPhone. Sounds like a winner to us. One month earlier, investment house ValueWalk predicted that a low-priced iPhone would cost half the price of the premium model. Considering that a 16GB Apple iPhone 5S is $199.99 on contract and the 16GB Apple iPhone 5C is $99.99 with a signed pact, we will forget the extra penny and call it a perfect forecast.

One of the best calls came from Gene Munster. When everyone was looking for the Apple iPhone 5C to be a budget model, he said that the phone would be priced between $400 and $500. Even better, he predicted that the iPhone 5C would replace the iPhone 5 in Apple's line up. In fact, he said that the Apple iPhone 5C would be slotted in between the Apple iPhone 5S and Apple iPhone 4S which is exactly what happened! Mr. Munster, we tip our hats to you. 

So who was right on with the fingerprint sensor on the Apple iPhone 5S? Back in May, the Chief Security Officer for Pay Pal loosened his lips and leaked the news that the biometric technology was coming to the iPhone this year. Well connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had been calling for a fingerprint scanner for some time, a prediction repeated last month. Kuo, like Munster, had the whole new Apple iPhone line up figured out in advance..

"iPhone 5C to replace iPhone 5, while iPhone 4S goes on. We’ve learned that the iPhone 5 line will be terminated from 4Q13, while the iPhone 4S line will carry on. From this, we infer that iPhone 5C is launched to replace iPhone 5. In other words, the 5C model will be positioned as midrange. We forecast its retail price to be US$400-500. We expect iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 will fall into the price ranges of US$600-700, US$400-500, US$300-400 and US$200-300, respectively, in the new product cycle. Since iPhone 4’s specs may not be adequate to run on iOS7, we think this line may be terminated."-Ming-Chi Kuo, KGI

Even though there was no dropped prototype found at a bar this year, overall the leaks were rather accurate ranging from those colorful "C" shells that seemed to leak daily, to the gold/champagne Apple iPhone 5S.

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posted on 10 Sep 2013, 23:57 5

1. Kishin (Posts: 584; Member since: 30 May 2013)


This is sick cant belive they replaced the iphone5 with some lame plastic

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 00:13 6

2. sriuslywtf (Posts: 212; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Its called downgrading. Old sport.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 09:56

7. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Iphone. Most leaked device of the year.

Well, I agree with you. Who ever is on the right thinking, would choose ip5 rather than 5c. Same specs, different body.

The true winner of the announcement though is 5s. It's a slight upgrade but I got to give it to apple for the fingerprint sensor.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 00:24

3. Samsungadroidrules (Posts: 104; Member since: 28 Jul 2013)


So I guess its Bye bye now to iPhone 5 that Apple said that it is the BEST THING TO HAPPEN IN Apple or what ever.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 00:25

4. scumbledEGG (unregistered)


iphone 5 is made of pure gold, haha! there\'s always a secret behind... haha! clearing and packing things up... 5=5s with a twist, so why they will still produce 5?unassembled ip5 parts will be assemble as 5s pimped, haha!

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 01:23

5. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2457; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


US$400-500... LOL... price sensitive markets' people will not buy such costlier iToys. I can get another flagship by just adding $50 - $100 extra with more things to enjoy.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 02:13 1

6. TechDork (Posts: 215; Member since: 10 May 2010)


Apple should work on keeping things a secret. I mean, this makes twice that we've seen their upcoming products BEFORE the official announcement. Smh..

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