As we enter the home stretch of waiting for the official new iPhone 5 announcement, pundits have started weighing in, offering us their opinions on how the device will change the world as we know it — or not do much of anything at all.
By far the most hyperbolic of these comes from the WSJ, who claims the iPhone could boost the economy of the USA. That’s right, they’re quoting an analyst who thinks that this single phone could impact the growth rate of the nation as a whole.
Sales of the new iPhone could add between a quarter and a half of a percentage point to the annualized rate of economic growth in the fourth quarter, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.’s chief U.S. economist Michael Feroli estimates. That could help cushion the sluggish U.S. economy from other risks in the final months of the year.
What’s funny is that at the same time, the WSJ published two other reports, one saying that Apple might miss the mark with the iPhone 5, as it’s just an incremental update from the iPhone 4S; while simultaneously pointing out how the iPhone 5 will be a financial boon to carriers thanks to fees from data usage.
Bloomberg, meanwhile, is citing perennial favorite Gene Munster in the claim that Apple might sell 10 million units “within weeks”. He claims that by the end of September, 10 million devices will be in consumer hands.
CNET is citing J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskwitz and Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, who are saying that the release will leave a slaughtered trail of rivals in its wake, and that Apple will sell 48 million to 53 million in Q4,hitting 266 million 2013, respectively.
If you’re interested in more future devices, DigiTimes is reporting that AU Optronics is poised to ship 500,000 panels for the 7.85-inch iPad Mini in September. LG will be supplying another 600,000 per month, and I assume that some sufficient volume of these have been already produced so that there are no shortages at launch.