Brian Blair of Wedge Partners said that this seems to be in response to the overall flagship smartphone market saturation, which already sent Samsung and HTC's stocks down to new lows. Apple, his sources said, is now predicting 90 to 100 million iPhones sold, instead of 115 to 120 million.
receiving special attention from Samsung, and, it seems, Apple as well, since the analyst confirms a lower-cost iPhone is in the works, with cheaper components, which will be its battle horse against Samsung's midrange onslaught.The scramble now is, however, for the mid-range market, which is growing in leaps and bounds, and
Brian Blair also mentions that Apple will be producing a TD-SCDMA iPhone for China Mobile, and that's one huge potential market within the largest carrier in the world. "So the bottom line is, there's lots of little signs that are pointing to slowing growth for high-end smartphones, and I think Apple's reacting to that," he added.