Topeka Capital Market’s Brian White doesn’t necessarily have a spotless streak of predictions when it comes to Apple, having claimed in 2012 that Apple would reach an average share price of $1,001 by year’s end. He also claimed in January 2012 that Sharp would provide the display for an Apple HDTV in 2012.
In fact, White’s a bit of a crank. So take the following report with a grain of salt: White is now claiming that the iPhone 5S will come in multiple colors, and with multiple display sizes.
In a note to investors, White claimed that he believes the next iPhone will be available in pink, yellow, blue, white & silver and black & slate, and that there will be two different screen sizes on the device, according to White’s supply chain checks.
“=Our checks indicate that the next iPhone will have more choices for customers. This entails an expansion in both the color patterns and screen sizes with the next iPhone (i.e., likely called the iPhone 5S) that we currently believe will be launched in May/June with certain supply production starting in March/April…
Our checks are also indicating that the next iPhone will offer customers more choice in terms of screen size,” White reported. “Although Apple offers a 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5 and a 3.5-inch screen on the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, the Company has never offered multiple screen sizes for a single model. We believe this is about to change with the next iPhone offering different screen sizes that we believe will allow Apple to better bifurcate the market and expand its reach.
Can we all agree that this report is just bonkers? The new colors White claims the next iPhone will come in seem drawn from a hat (or a Nokia Lumia line) and Apple has done everything possible to avoid “bifurcating” its iPhone market with multiple screen resolutions. Apple may very well release the iPhone in colors after updating the iPod touch line in September to be more multi-chromatic, but we seriously doubt that this analyst has any inside intel on the matter based upon his past predictions.