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

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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49 Comments

1. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

That phone looks like Nokia's X-series model

7. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

33. medalaster01

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

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

44. musi722

Posts: 46; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

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

2. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

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

26. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 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.

30. JesterB

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 17, 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.

31. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

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

34. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 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.

35. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

wooow

42. hetero

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

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

46. ElectroManiac

Posts: 47; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

You clearly haven't use a Sgs2

3. pecemaloto

Posts: 23; Member since: Dec 17, 2010

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

4. brenner182

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

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

8. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

38. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 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

5. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

6. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

ah, if only all consumers were pleased so easily!

25. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

but iphone owners are pleased easily!!! lol

36. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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 =.="

39. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 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

48. musi722

Posts: 46; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

any way a cool design !

12. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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

13. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 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

18. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

22. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

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

29. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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.

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

9. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

10. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

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

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