Those analysts are some crazy cats. When you’re having a drab day, you can always count on one of them to pull something spectacular out of the bag. Jefferies analyst Peter Misek has done exactly that today when he unveiled his predictions for Apple’s iPhone 5S.
The handset will arrive in June, Misek believes, just nine months after the iPhone 5 made its debut, and it’ll boast NFC connectivity and a “super HD” camera. It’ll also come in 6-8 colors, apparently.
I laughed at Misek’s predictions when I first read them, but could he be right?
Let’s start with NFC. Apple’s been ignored NFC up until now, using Passbook instead to meet our digital wallet needs. But acco
rding to some reports, it won’t ignore the technology for ever. Apple acquired a company called AuthenTec earlier this year, and it’s widely believed it will use its mobile security technologies to make NFC a possibility on future iOS devices.
How about the “super HD camera/screen?” Well, the iPhone already has a “super HD” screen in the Retina display, and it’s 8-megapixel camera is pretty incredible, too. Apple also added a FaceTime HD camera to the front of the iPhone 5, so that’s already HD as well. A “super HD camera/screen” is certainly a possibility with the iPhone 5S, then.
So what about the colors? Well, the iPhone’s always been predominantly white or black — depending on which model you go for. However, Apple offers its iPods in all kinds of colors. The new iPod touch, for example, is available in six different colors. Could Apple use its pretty aluminum paints to provide us with a colorful iPhone 5S? Maybe.
I’m still not sure about that release date, though. Apple used to announce its iPhones in June, and it switched them to the fall for the iPhone 4S. Changing them back again doesn’t make a lot of sense, and it’s only going to annoy those customers — and there are a lot of them — who purchased an iPhone 5 just this September.
Business Insider provides a little more information on Misek. He’s been making a lot of bad predictions about the Apple television for years: “For instance, in August he said the Apple television was in full production and would be out by year end.” However, he was very accurate with his predictions for the iPhone 4S.
I’m not so sure he’s going to be entirely spot-on this time around.
- Via Business Insider