Software Upgrades Expected For iPhone 5 Rather Than Hardware Changes
Apple announced that it intends to bring a number of significant upgrades to its software platforms, causing many industry analysts to believe that these upgrades will define the iPhone 5 and not necessarily any changes to the hardware.
The tech giant said this week that CEO Steve Jobs will be taking to the stage at its World Wide Developer Conference on Monday to show off Mac OS 10,7 Lion for computers and the iOS 5 for the iPhone. The new software will be the first major upgrade to the iOS platform since the iPhone 4 was introduced. Combine the new software with the iCloud which is the hosted service that Apple are planning to roll out and the company`s products will be significantly upgraded according to many analysts.
Alex Gauna who is an analyst at JMP told clients that iOS 5 and iCloud software advancements could be “much more revolutionary” than a 5th gen iPhone and at the same time lowering expectations for new hardware at the WWDC. He wrote “We will be looking to measure whether the advances are enhancements to consumer-centric offerings such as iTunes and MobileMe, or virtualization breakthroughs that pave the way for more significant enterprise, social networking, and/or multimedia inroads.”
Shaw Wu at Sterne Agee predicts that the next generation iPhone would only benefit from minor upgrades and a “more radical iPhone refresh” would be along in 2012 when it is expected that Apple will bring out a model with support for high speed 4G evolution data.