Reading the tea leaves: which analysts nailed the Apple iPhone unveilings

Reading the tea leaves: which analysts nailed the Apple iPhone unveilings
Now that Apple has unveiled the Apple iPhone 5C and the Apple iPhone 5S, let's take the time to see which analysts nailed the story perfectly. Back in April, Citigroup Global Securities called for a September debut of the Apple iPhone 5S and a low-cost iPhone. Sounds like a winner to us. One month earlier, investment house ValueWalk predicted that a low-priced iPhone would cost half the price of the premium model. Considering that a 16GB Apple iPhone 5S is $199.99 on contract and the 16GB Apple iPhone 5C is $99.99 with a signed pact, we will forget the extra penny and call it a perfect forecast.

One of the best calls came from Gene Munster. When everyone was looking for the Apple iPhone 5C to be a budget model, he said that the phone would be priced between $400 and $500. Even better, he predicted that the iPhone 5C would replace the iPhone 5 in Apple's line up. In fact, he said that the Apple iPhone 5C would be slotted in between the Apple iPhone 5S and Apple iPhone 4S which is exactly what happened! Mr. Munster, we tip our hats to you. 

So who was right on with the fingerprint sensor on the Apple iPhone 5S? Back in May, the Chief Security Officer for Pay Pal loosened his lips and leaked the news that the biometric technology was coming to the iPhone this year. Well connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had been calling for a fingerprint scanner for some time, a prediction repeated last month. Kuo, like Munster, had the whole new Apple iPhone line up figured out in advance..

Even though there was no dropped prototype found at a bar this year, overall the leaks were rather accurate ranging from those colorful "C" shells that seemed to leak daily, to the gold/champagne Apple iPhone 5S.

Related phones

iPhone 5c
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1507 mAh(10h 3G talk time)
iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1570 mAh(10h 3G talk time)



1. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

This is sick cant belive they replaced the iphone5 with some lame plastic

2. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Its called downgrading. Old sport.

7. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Iphone. Most leaked device of the year. Well, I agree with you. Who ever is on the right thinking, would choose ip5 rather than 5c. Same specs, different body. The true winner of the announcement though is 5s. It's a slight upgrade but I got to give it to apple for the fingerprint sensor.

3. Samsungadroidrules

Posts: 104; Member since: Jul 28, 2013

So I guess its Bye bye now to iPhone 5 that Apple said that it is the BEST THING TO HAPPEN IN Apple or what ever.

4. scumbledEGG unregistered

iphone 5 is made of pure gold, haha! there\'s always a secret behind... haha! clearing and packing things up... 5=5s with a twist, so why they will still produce 5?unassembled ip5 parts will be assemble as 5s pimped, haha!

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

US$400-500... LOL... price sensitive markets' people will not buy such costlier iToys. I can get another flagship by just adding $50 - $100 extra with more things to enjoy.

6. TechDork

Posts: 402; Member since: May 10, 2010

Apple should work on keeping things a secret. I mean, this makes twice that we've seen their upcoming products BEFORE the official announcement. Smh..

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