When it comes to Apple, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White
has a mixed track record. He was the first Apple watcher to
reveal that the company planned to launch an iPad mini,
though details were scarce at the time, and he also was the
first with sources who pointed to an iPhone being made
available in several new colors last year. White has also had
some big misses though, and he famously suggested that
Apple was working on an iTV controlled by an “iRing,” that
would be worn on the user’s finger — which seems… unlikely.
As Rumors of iPhone 6 reportedly launching sooner than
expected are Coming its creating A Buzz in Tech Industry.
With White’s recent hits and misses in mind, his latest note
could go either way. According to the analyst, Apple’s larger
5.5-inch iPhone will launch sooner than expected this year.
“Our research at Computex highlights that the majority of the
accessory makers we interacted with today have already
begun production in support of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6,” White
wrote in a note to clients on Wednesday morning. “During our
China/Taiwan Tech Tour in April, we met with a small number
of accessory makers that had started initial production of
accessories for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 but not the 5.5-inch
version, but today’s research highlights a much broader ramp
of the 4.7-inch version.”
He continued, “Also at Computex, we noticed that a few
vendors had already started work on accessories for the 5.5-
inch iPhone 6 and the pieces were available at the show. Given
the lack of data points in recent months around progress with
the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and growing skepticism in the media
around a 2014 launch, we view this as a positive development.
Based on today’s research, we believe the timing of the 5.5-
inch iPhone 6 launch appears to be in sync with our
expectation around the unveiling (i.e., September) of the 4.7-
inch iPhone 6.”
According to reports, Apple will release its 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in
or around September, and then the bigger 5.5-inch iPhone
phablet will launch closer to the holidays.
Apple’s new 2014 iPhone models are expected to feature a big
design overhaul with thinner cases and rounded edges, and
they are also expected to feature Apple’s new A8 processor