According to a research note from senior analyst Tavis McCourt of Morgan Keegan, Apple’s next generation iPhone handset, aka the iPhone 5, is due to be launched this fall. The analyst also believes that the iPhone will comprise roughly 50% of Apple’s total revenue in the next financial quarter. With this, he is also increasing his iPhone shipment estimate for the next quarter to 29 million from the previous estimate of 27 million.
Quoting from the news source:
“We expect iPhone revenues to represent 47.5% of Apple’s total revenues in [the December quarter], up from 38.8% in the Sep. quarter, and up from 39.1% in the year ago period,” he wrote.
The iPhone 5 and Apple TV will be significant growth drivers later in the year. “We expect iPhone 5 in fall 2012 to be a significant revenue and earnings growth driver, and a potential Apple TV as upside to our model if it comes to fruition this year,” he wrote.
What else can we expect on the iPhone 5 front? Well, as of now, a wide number of rumors has suggested a completely redesigned handset with a combination of aluminum on the back and a “rubber or plastic material” along the sides to bridge the front and back of the device, a larger 4-inch touchscreen and a quad core A6 processor.