Analyst: WWDC Keynote to be Non-event

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Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster doesn’t expect Apple will have many big announcements to roll out at its annual World Wide Developers Conference in early June. He predicts that while the company is likely to unveil the next generation iPhone during its Steve Jobs-hosted keynote event, there won’t likely be much else for investors to get excited about.

Mr. Munster expects Apple will show off the same iPhone that’s leaked out to the Internet with 32GB and 64GB capacities, higher resolution rear camera, a front-facing camera for video chats, and improved battery life priced at US$199 and $299. The new models will likely ship in mid to late June.

Supported by Walmart’s new $97 price point for the 16GB iPhone 3GS and the lack of the iPhone 3G at Apple’s online store, Mr. Munster also expects Apple’s current iPhone model will become the new low-price entry level iPhone.

Smartphone users hoping the iPhone will come to Verizon will likely be in for a disappointment, according to Mr. Munster. He doubts Apple will announce a deal with the cell service provider at WWDC, and that AT&T will continue as the company’s exclusive partner in the U.S.

Mr. Munster thinks Apple could preview Mac OS X 10.7, which seems reasonable since the WWDC keynote is staged for the media as well as developers. There’s a chance Apple might announce iPad sales figures at the event, too.

Predicting Apple CEO Steve Jobs will talk about the iPhone and Mac OS X during his keynote presentation isn’t much of a stretch, especially since this year’s event leans heavily towards the iPhone and iPhone OS.

Apple is currently trading in the pre-market at $250, up 4.78 (1.95%).

[Thanks to Fortune for the heads up.]

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Comments

Tiger

GM: Nothing new
SJ: you won’t be disappointed.

Let the games begin.

demjones

Too bad about sticking with AT&T.  My experience with their service has been so bad that I’m actually going to pay the penalty fee to get out of my contract. Verizon, here I come.

While I’d love to have an iPhone, I refuse to as long as they’re locked into AT&T.

Pashtun Wally

I’m your mirror-image - I have been locked into a Verizon contract, and have been counting the seconds (practically) until it expires…in mid-July.  Before VZW, I was with Congular (now ATT) & was quite happy with my service & my dealings with the company.

I’ve been wanting an iPhone for 3 years now, and waiting to get away from Verizon for 5.  As soon as the new 4/HD can be had, I’ll have it, and Verizon can choke to death, for all I care.

hmm

I certainly hope sprint will be added to the iphone list. They are smaller than att and verizon, but they have a spiffy network. I would loove to run my new iphone on their new 4G network….

Lee Dronick

“I certainly hope sprint will be added to the iphone list. They are smaller than att and verizon’

I used to be on Sprint and it was a good service. There were dead zones when I was traveling on rural highways, but for the most part I was pleased with the coverage and quality.

As to AT&T and 4G, I would assume that they are not sitting on their butts and are building out the new technology.

Tiger

Let’s not mix apples and oranges here. This 4g iPhone is the 4th generation iPhone. I’ve not seen a single report, rumor, or even hint that it’s ready for 4G service. Certainly AT&T is not ready for it. They can’t keep secrets that well.

However, I am of the mind that the hybrid chip iPhone IS ready for primetime and we may well get the announcement at WWDC that Verizon and Sprint are now open for iPhone business. The exclusivity term served its purpose, but the time is right to unleash the iPhone on the rest of the carriers’ networks (and pray they can handle the data traffic).

Ray

Sure we already know the feature set of the new iPhone, but we haven’t seen them with SJ’s polish and showmanship, that will make all the difference. Video conferencing will be HUGE, with this phone they’ll bring video conferencing to the masses and it’s going to be a big selling point.

I think the big things that we’ll see will be drastically improved battery life. Between the new processor and a larger battery, we should see a major improvement here, this is going to be a really big deal, especially since that is a major drawback with Droid phones. I also think/hope we’ll see very aggressive, new pricing, with an entry level model in the $0-$49 range. As for surprises, if they brought it out on Verizon, it would be HUGE.

BurmaYank

“As for surprises, if they brought it out on Verizon, it would be HUGE”.

I think it would still be HUGE if they only brought it out on Sprint or TMobile, which I’d expect would be more likely than on Verizon, because I don’t think Verizon is ready/willing to bite the bullet of surrendering all that control of UI & marketing options which SJ will unconditionally demand. 

Sprint, OTOH, would be resuscitated and bestowed with unprecedented vigor.

“I used to be on Sprint and it was a good service. There were dead zones when I was traveling on rural highways, but for the most part I was pleased with the coverage and quality.”

When I sold Sprint, Verizon & other cellphone services at RadioShack 5-6 years ago, we were trained that Sprint always had the cleanest & best signal of all the US providers, but only in its much more restricted coverage areas (namely, only in larger cities and along major superhighway systems, and very infrequently in US suburbs and almost never in any rural areas).  How that might have changed, I don’t know, but I’d guess not much.  If iPhone service came to all those hipper Sprint urbanites, I’d expect the majority to have converted to iPhone by the end of their 2-year contract periods, and how many urban Verizonites would likewise have switched by then to Sprint’s iPhone? At least 5%, surely.  More than 10%?  it would be the Fountain of Youth for moribund Sprint.  (Who knows, Apple’s resuscitation of Sprint might also allow the salvation of Palm as well.)

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