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

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

49. lemenade

Posts: 31; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

I smell patent trolls coming.

45. dZW

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 16, 2008

loved the aritcle! keep up the good work PA!!

43. musi722

Posts: 46; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

look guys it's not the real shape of the iPhone 5 ! so don't write every junk you want!

40. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

iPhone 4S==to==> iPhone 5 - new look,bigger 4'' screen,LTE,4G ITS AN INNOVATION THATS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE

37. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

The only biggest change i could see in the next iPhone is 1GB RAM instead of 512MB RAM iPhone 4s. I wonder if iOS really needs 1GB RAM? When Windows Phone only need 256MB Minimum RAM. But yeah there will change in screen.

32. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

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27. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Why I feel like they are not going to see all those things on the next iPhone. LTE, bigger screen (two battery drainage factors ) and quad core on a slimmer iPhone? Call me stupid to consider them all to occur at the same time unless we see a super battery that can hold more time with less size. Without exploding on the consumers hand or stop operating 6 months latter. For much that I'd love to believe it. All the consequences that could occur could simply become a bother

24. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

another minor physical change with outdated specs, yawn

23. torr310

Posts: 1737; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I see just another speculation...

21. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Pass....2010 specs much

20. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

im getting the galaxy nexus s screw the iphone 5 but i will get the ipad3

19. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

please don't start this sh1t about iPhone5 .. the new iPhone will be released late 2012 so stop posting bulls**t

17. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Who even use the word radical? And I hate concept pics. Analyst are never accurate.

14. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

for a phone costing 200$ and a company selling it for 600+ $ this is at least 300% profit...another obvious point why the phone is 60% of the company's revenue

16. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

did I do the math right? 200% profit? yes? no?

11. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

the next iphone better be devastatingly wonderful or their pe multiple and per share price will slide. another 4S will alienate their target audience (I would hope)

10. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

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

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.

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

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