iPhone rumors are notoriously annoying to sift through because they just never stop. At first, the rumors were that Apple would be releasing an incremental update and not a major redesign, and would likely be called the iPhone 4s. Then we started seeing cases which pointed to a bigger redesign that would likely be called the iPhone 5. Then, the idea was that Apple would release both the iPhone 5 and an iCloud iPhone, which then became a release of an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 4s. Now, an analyst at Wedge wants to bring it all back to the idea that Apple will only release an iPhone 4s.
Brian Blair, an analyst at Wedge, is now saying that it just doesn't make sense that Apple would release both an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 4s, and it's more likely that the only device that will exist is the iPhone 4s. The idea is based on the rumors that the iPhone 4s would be fitted with the A5 CPU, which would mean the only real difference between the iPhone 4s and iPhone 5 would be the design. Blair doesn't think that would be enough of a difference for Apple to price the 4s significantly lower than an iPhone 5, and doesn't expect that Apple would have 3 different iPhone models on shelves at one time with the iPhone 4 at $49, iPhone 4s at $99 and iPhone 5 at $199.
We certainly agree with the idea that Apple is unlikely to have 3 different models of iPhone on sale, especially if it is those three devices listed. However, the lineup of an iCloud iPhone, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s would make sense, especially given the persistent redesign rumors that have been going around, and Apple's desire to push its iCloud service. Of course, all of the speculation will be moot in a couple weeks when we hear the official word from Apple.