Cost of ownership of an iPhone has always been a barrier to its adoptions. This cost includes the actual iPhone hardware cost and the overall plan cost from the carrier side. The higher investment in the device is not only taken seriously in developed countries like USA but also the emerging ones like China.
As per Morgan Stanley Research report, 85% people considered iPhone hardware cost to be a barrier in its adoption while the carrier plan cost stops about 66%. But Huberty, a prominent Morgan Stanley analyst, expects Apple to address that in June when the new iPhone 4G will be launched.
We expect Apple to launch new iPhones in June that offer both a lower total cost of ownership and new functionality, potentially including gesture-based technology, She Wrote.
Hurberty also expects bullshish trend on AAPL stock because of the forthcoming iPad launch in March.
We expect Apple to ship its first iPad and announce additional content deals in late March to better than expected demand,” Huberty wrote. “We see the iPad targeting the sub-$800 consumer notebook market which equates to 30M annual units just in the US (120M globally).
The next-gen iPhone is also rumored to feature 5 megapixel camera, video chat, LED camera flash, faster processor, WiFi-N standard, Super AMOLED screen.
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Yes ! Apple should offer a lower price inrespect of hardware and carrier plans. If they offer an unlocked iphone, they can sure boost their sales by 500 percent.
Hope for the best in the month of June for iphone 4G.