The next-generation iPhone is poised to shatter sales records, according to analyst Brian White with Ticonderoga Securities.
Apple Insider reports that White believes the key to breaking the record lies in the number of mobile carriers that offer the iPhone.
Some 228 carriers worldwide stock the iPhone, compared to 154 at the launch of the iPhone 4. That handset sold 1.7 million units in its first three days, but the next-generation iPhone will probably break that record if Apple opt for an aggressive roll-out, with media coverage likely to be massive.
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White fully believes that the next-generation iPhone will have dual-GSM and CDMA functionality, and CDMA compatibility has been key for getting the iPhone on to more mobile networks, especially in the Chinese market that Apple is aggressively targeting.
White is convinced that Apple has opted to replace the glass back of the iPhone 4 with an aluminium unibody design that will enable it to increase the screen size of the new iPhone.
"With this new enclosure, we believe this will provide Apple with the opportunity to expand the display size by at least one half of an inch to 4 inches and hopefully bigger. Apple will clearly need to upgrade the processor speed to at least a Dual Core 1.2GHz to match the Samsung Galaxy S II, while upgrading to a 8MP 1080p camera that is now also on the Galaxy S II," White said.
Despite the doubts raised by the number one on the phone icon on Apple's invite to its media event tomorrow, White is still convinced there will be two new iPhones announced, Apple Insider reports, with an iPhone 4S aimed at the Chinese market and an iPhone 5 for other markets.
However, others believe that there will be only one model, and we're not so sure it will be called the iPhone 5. There are also suggestions that Apple is going after the Brazilian market hard, but perhaps with a low-cost iPhone 4 rather than an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5.