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.

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iPhone 5c
  • Display 4.0 inches
    1136 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A6, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1507 mAh
  • OS iOS 10.x
iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0 inches
    1136 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A7, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1570 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x

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