Oh boy, here’s a story that we need to label as rumor in the first sentence. Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White recently published a note that suggests Apple will launch the iPhone 5S in a variety of colors and with multiple screen sizes.
“Our checks indicate that the next iPhone will have more choices for customers,” White said. “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.”
“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,” White continued. “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.”
We would love to see Apple launch an iPhone 5S with the color choices currently available in the iPod touch line, but we’re not quite sure we believe the rumor just yet. It seems more likely to us that the hue options will remain white and black, and that the “multiple screen sizes” is likely in reference to the iPhone 4S remaining on sale with its smaller display, instead of a single model with varying screen options.
We’ll see, though.