iPhone 5S likely to be in short supply, claims analyst

Analyst predictions are always a little hit and miss, but Ming-Chi-Kuo has a better record than most and as such, we're giving his views a little more weight.

He has just delivered his report on Apple's activity for the rest of the year, which makes interesting reading. On the iPhone front, he suggests both an iPhone 5S and a low-cost plastic iPhone will launch later this year. The iPhone 5S, which will be much like the iPhone 5, will be in short supply though, possibly down to the rumoured fingerprint sensor. It should launch in September, but will stock levels will only build up around October and November.

The budget iPhone should arrive in early September and be more plentiful due to ease of production. In the US, it will retail for between $450 and $550 SIM-free (so not that cheap).

Also launching in September (if Kuo is to be believed) is a redesigned iPad. it is said to be thinner and lighter, not unlike a larger iPad mini. Talking of the iPad mini, that is unlikely to be updated this year, although two new models are in the pipeline, an upgrade of the standard model and a cheaper version, both of which are due to land in March/April of next year.

So there you have it. You might want to take it with a pinch of salt, but there is a strong element of believability in it all. We'll know for sure when September rolls in.

Source: 9 to 5 Mac

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