Analyst: Apple Expects iOS 5 to Carry iPhone Sales Until iPhone 5 Release

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Website Apple Insider has the scoop on a bit of information shared by Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty. She explains that Apple’s top brass are interested in focusing on iPhone product cycles that are more driven by software than by hardware. It’s also said that Apple will reveal the new version of iOS (iOS 5) at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC ’11) this June, but we already knew that.

The meeting was held between Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer, Senior VP of Retail, Ron Johnson and VP of Internet Services Eddy Cue. Huberty brought up a few points in her note to investors after the meeting, like lower-priced iPhones and a share similar to the iPod’s in the tablet market.

She mentioned that Apple seems interested in focusing on product cycles that are more driven by software. She expects Apple’s software updates (iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion) to help drive sales for the company.

While it’s possible that Apple would focus on this, it’s likely that we will still see a new iPhone and iPad each year. People are constantly upgrading their phones. We may as well after two years. Still, if delaying the iPhone 5 until September is Apple’s plans, they probably have reason to believe that the iOS 5 update will keep them selling through until the refresh. Still, the iPhone 4 sold like crazy. You think Apple would really want to hold off on a new iPhone?

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