Analyst: Apple ramping 32GB iPhone production; could launch in June

“Apple is expected to begin production on a high-end iPhone with 32GB of flash memory and a low-end 3G version this spring, according to a research report released Tuesday by Lazard Capital Markets analyst,” Dawn Kawamoto reports for CNET.

“Production is anticipated to begin in April and ramp up in May, and the new phones could be announced in June, Daniel Amir, a Lazard Capital Markets analyst, said in his report,” Dawn Kawamoto reports for CNET.

“He noted, however, that the low-end version may only be available in the fast-growing, emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India, and China, while the high-end version is expected to make its way to North America and Europe,” Dawn Kawamoto reports for CNET.

“The low-end version is expected to run on a 3G network, rather than on Wi-Fi, while the high-end version is anticipated to double its storage capacity from 16GB to 32GB of NAND flash memory and feature improvements to its camera, Amir noted in his report, citing checks with Apple’s iPhone channel partners,” Kawamoto reports.

“He expects iPhone shipments to come in around 3.8 million to 4 million in the first quarter, while Wall Street is anticipating 3 million to 3.5 million units,” Kawamoto reports. “In the second quarter, iPhone shipments could reach 7 million to 8 million units, a threefold to fourfold increase over last year’s second quarter performance.”

More in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jersey Trader” for the heads up.]

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