Some analysts are expecting Apple to offer an Apple iPhone mini this year for emerging markets like China and India. Topeka Capital's Brian White discussed the possibility of such a smaller and lower priced phone being released in 2013. As we told you the other day, White sees the next iPhone offering consumers a choice in screen size and colors. Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics said that he while he does expect to see an Apple iPhone mini sometime in the next three years, the current full-sized model is providing enough growth at the moment. Mawtson expects to see the iPhone mini in 2014 when Apple is looking for "fresh growth streams". He also said that the Apple iPhone mini would be targeted to the hundreds of millions of pre-paid users who can't afford the current Apple iPhone.
Strategy Analytics forecasts global smartphone shipments jumping 27% to 875 million units in 2013, slower growth than the 41% increase seen in 2012. Growth is expected to slow in North America, China, Western Europe and some areas of Asia.