Analyst: Low-end iPhone to drop Wi-Fi

Analyst: Low-end iPhone to drop Wi-Fi

Summary: A research report published by analyst Daniel Amir for Lazard Capital Markets claims that Apple is expected to begin production on a high-end iPhone with 32GB of NAND beginning this spring. According to the report production is anticipated to begin in April, ramp up in May with an announcement in June.

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No WifiA research report published by analyst Daniel Amir for Lazard Capital Markets claims that Apple is expected to begin production on a high-end iPhone with 32GB of NAND beginning this spring. According to the report production is anticipated to begin in April, ramp up in May with an announcement in June. Probably the worst kept secret in Silicon Valley.

The interesting part of his report is that Apple is also working on a "low-end" 3G iPhone for announcement at the same time. Amir reports that the low-end iPhone may only be available in the fast-growing, emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India, and China (the so-called BRIC countries). He also notes that the low-end model may dispense with some features, like Wi-Fi, in order to cut costs.

Previously rumors have swirled of a $99/8GB iPhone that would help Apple capture market share with price sensitive buyers not willing to shell out the $200-300 that the current iPhone commands.

Tip: CNet News.com

Topics: iPhone, Apple, Hardware, Mobility, Networking, Wi-Fi

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  • 32GB of storage!!11!1!one1!!!

    So innovative!!
    NonZealot
  • cristall ball bs?

    how is any cristall ball looking called an "analysis". This isn't
    eighter "research" or "channel checking" or something else this is
    just guesswork and stupid by the way. apple will NEVER drop a
    feature in a NEW model. they never did and they never will. this
    idiot has no insight whatsover. i am amazed that you still give
    these people a forum.

    if you could at least give us a disclaimer. what is the TRACK
    RECORD of this "analyst". did he know something in the past. were
    he right or wrong with his predictions? oh wait, i know this would
    mean doing some work or research before publishing their bs. and
    there is no time for these basic journalist rules in these blogging
    times anymore.

    so just publish the garbage from anyone who is calling himself an
    analyst though he is claiming something that goes against any
    principle on which apple is doing business for more than a decade
    now. oh wait, knowing this would mean you know something
    about the company. but it's not necessary, daniel was switching
    over to this apple job a week ago from covering procter and
    gamble and that he doesn't know a thing about apple is not so
    important. jason from zdnet will publish it anyway.
    bannedfromzdnetagain
    • Never!!!

      "apple will NEVER drop a
      feature in a NEW model. they never did and they never will."

      Excuse me a moment while I plug my Firewire cable into my new Macbook.

      Oh, wait...
      Yalius
  • No WiFi because China Law bans WiFi for cellphones?

    Barron's article about Wedge Partners analysis of iPhone for China.

    "Wedge finds several sticking points, but other points of
    agreement:

    Apple's reluctance to disable WiFi; China has a law that bar
    WiFi in mobile phones.
    China Unicom's insistence on installing its own software,
    including an iTunes clone."

    -----
    (copy entire link for it to work)

    http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2009/03/30/ap
    ple-hitch-seen-in-potential-china-unicom-deal/
    Davewrite
  • RE: Analyst: Low-end iPhone to drop Wi-Fi

    Will an official iPhone in China come with WiFi? If
    the Ministry of Industry and Information
    Technology (MIIT) bends to the will of consumers
    and China Unicom, then we may get our wish. But
    alas, don?t underestimate China?s tendency to
    make non-economic (political) decisions that stifle
    progress in the interest of maintaining control
    (?we?re watching you?) and promoting ?ingeniously
    innovated? technologies.

    http://idannyb.wordpress.com/2009/04/01/wifi-
    on-an-official-iphone-in-china/

    dannyrocks@...
  • Pressure from service providers

    Since WiFi is being used as a "bypass" for phone use and data transfer, I would imagine that the service providers like ATT would like for WiFi to disappear.
    terry flores
  • RE: Analyst: Low-end iPhone to drop Wi-Fi

    Great then you'll never get on the interwebs...
    3G is bad enough how it'll switch for 3G to Edge to no signal without even moving... plus if they drop wi-fi how do you get large apps, since att won't allow it over 3g?
    ~Obelix~