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Apple Prophecies

There’s reportedly an iPhone model with a 4.8-inch Retina+ IGZO screen, 128GB of storage and a new A7 quad-core processor

Returning from Asia Jefferies financial analyst and Apple follower Peter Misek said several iPhone 6 prototypes and an iTV, presumably integrated with Apple's mobile ecosystem, appear to be floating around.

There's reportedly an iPhone model with a 4.8-inch Retina+ IGZO screen, 128GB of storage and a new A7 quad-core processor.

Misek expects an iPhone 5S with a "new super HD camera/screen, a better battery and near field communications" to ship in June or July. It should come in six and eight different colors instead of just black and white.

There may - heavy on may - be a cheaper iPhone, a "retooled iPhone 4" with a "scaled-down modem [and] apps processor," targeting pre-paid and emerging markets, especially in Asia, that could sell for $200-$250. Foxconn could make 200k-300k a day.

An iPad 5 could launch around June with an IGZO screen that would cut the thickness in half and significantly reduce the weight.

Misek thinks Tim Cook's statement last week points to a full-fledged iTV rather than a souped-up set-top box and suggests iTV could launch in September or October.

Gesture and voice control along with new user interface are the main innovations.

He claims Apple didn't make a TV this year because of "Sharp's financial issues" and "IZGO yields" in TV sizes.

The supposed A7 processor might be made by Taiwan Semiconductor instead of Samsung. Misek thinks Intel might play a "minor" role.

Meanwhile, China Unicom, the second-biggest cellular operator in China, said that it got more than 300,000 pre-orders for the iPhone 5 in the first week it could be reserved.

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