Every now and then, an analyst comes out and says things that are just so flat out insane that we’d be remiss not to mention them — if only so that we can point and laugh six months down the line when they get thoroughly debunked. For instance, this morning saw Jefferies analyst Peter Misek make an enormous, sweeping set of predictions about the next two generations of iPhone, including a multi-colored iphone 5S that would be out as soon as June and a new 4.8-inch iPhone 6.
The early release of a new iPhone is something that I wouldn’t be too surprised about — Apple’s product cycle has been in flux for a while. Not sure it’d be quite that soon, but it wouldn’t be impossible. But that’s the most sensible of Misek’s predictions. He also claims that the iPhone 5S will come in 6-8 colors, with “super HD camera/screen, a better battery, and NFC,” and potentially “an IGZO screen for Retina+, 128GB storage.”
He also claims that Apple is testing some frankly bonkers iPhone 6 prototypes:
Several iPhone 6 prototypes appear to be floating around. The model with a 4.8″ screen is the most interesting. It has a Retina+ IGZO screen, a new A7 quad-core processor variant, and a new form factor with no home button. Full gesture control is also possibly included.
This is the same guy who thinks the Apple TV set is due out by year’s end. While I’ll buy that we might see a new iPhone early, and maybe a better battery, everything else is pretty suspect. Especially seeing as we’ve been promised NFC for years, which Apple has staunchly refused to get involved in.