Will iPhone 4G deliver for Apple?
Ending months of speculation, the fourth version of the Apple iPhone will possibly be unveiled tomorrow by Steve Jobs at San Francisco as a part of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).The iconic iPhone has sold over 50 million units worldwide making it the largest selling phone of all times. The stakes are high at Apple as the iPhone 4G launches. Since the launch of the iPhone in 2007, the iPhone never knew a worthy contender. This time however it does. The Android powered Samsung, Moto and HTC are close at heals of the iPhone. The Android 2.2 Froyo has generated a large amount on Interest and the guys at Google are surely turning up the heat on iPhone now that they have crossed the WinMo in terms of OS market shares. Similarly there are reports of the Sprint HTC EVO 4G taking the game to the iPhone after the Moto Droid almost got their in November last year.
The Apple stock is at an all time high making Apple the No 1 Technology company in the world and tomorrow’s event will be a critical decider which way the stock swings. The iPhone 4G must deliver only on an outstanding note to its audiences (Tech Geeks, Developers and Carriers) to push the stock prices northward. The bid for the iPhone 4G is made tougher with the early success of the iPad tablet computer, which many say has already created a new market. Even a optimal level on-par against expectatios iPhone 4G performance may be dampener to the euphoria around the Apple stock. Thus the iPhone 4G will have to really set new standards in multimedia content and function to wow Wall Street and consumers. Longer-term, investors are squarely focused on the iPhone’s spread into international markets including China, Apple’s pricing strategy, and when the device will be available through another US carrier besides AT&T.
Foxconn, makers of the iPhone 4G will ship 4.5 million units in the first half of 2010 and 19.5 million units in the second half of 2010. If the numbers are any pointers, Apple is seeking to storm 8-10% of the smartphone shares only with the iPhone 4G. The 3GS and 3G will add up more to these figures.
For starters, the iPhone 4G will be double the RAM capacity of 3G at 512 MB and will feature a 960*640 resolution screen. That will boost the multitasking bit from Apple and will put it beyond most of the other phones from the Google Android stable. Over and above, analysts would expect price cuts in the the iPhone 3G, all new Mac OS 10.7, refreshes of the aging Mac hardware, Cloud based version of the iTunes courtesy Lala, Wireless Syncing with Free MobileMe, iPad tethering and Video iChat, iPod touch with Camera, Apple TV and a New carrier besides AT&T. With the iPhone 4G, the idea is to take the bar so far beyond Google and its alliances that it takes them a good 8-10 month to catch up.
As Jobs has promised “You won’t be disappointed”. We sure hope that we are not, Mr Jobs.