Going against The New York Times and nearly every other rumor we’ve heard in the last few months, Wedge Partners told investors today that there is only one iPhone coming this Fall.

Like the rest of us, analyst Brian Blair believes that Apple will hold a special event between September 28 and October 5 to unveil several new products to the world. Except he thinks that only one of those products will be an iPhone…

Blair issued a note to investors this morning, claiming that they [Wedge Partners] are only expecting one smartphone from the Cupertino company this year. On top of that, they believe it will only be a modest upgrade from its predecessor.

BGR provides an excerpt from the note:

“We expect the focus of the new iPhone will be iOS 5, a speedier A5 processor and a higher resolution 8 MP camera with a small possibility of a larger 4 inch screen,” Blair wrote. “We believe the casing will be largely similar to the iPhone with some particular modifications to the antennae [sic]. We don’t expect a second, dramatically different iPhone to accompany this as we don’t think Apple needs to have 3 models in the market to address the high end, mid-tier, and low end since the iPhone 4 (with memory lowered to 8GB) will drop to $99 and effectively attack those markets.”

The analyst goes on to question how Apple would be able sell an iPhone 4 with an A5 processor at a lower price, saying that it would have to come in under $100 to be effective. He obviously hasn’t heard of the Tim Cook effect.

I’ll admit, it is strange that we haven’t seen any sign of a significantly redesign handset by way of leaked components. So far, all of the purported next-generation parts that have surfaced look very similar to those of an iPhone 4.

But what about all of those silicon cases we’ve been seeing since late July? Where do they fit into all of this? And why would Apple delay its iPhone launch nearly 4 months if they were only making minor changes? Hopefully we’ll find out soon.

Will we really only see one model of the iPhone this Fall?

  • “dramatically different iPhone to accompany this as we don’t think Apple needs to have 3 models in the market to address the hgih end, mid-tier, and low end since the iPhone 4 (with memory lowered to 8GB)”

    Hgih end ? wuts that =D

  • Rod

    #iPhone4.1 Gay!

  • Pulsarman

    4 months delay because Samsung made most parts for the iPhone and we all know about the apple-Samsung relationship now haha. Still hope they do release 2 phones, I can’t wait for an iPhone 5!

  • Pulsarman

    4 months delay because Samsung made most parts for the iPhone and we all know about the apple-Samsung relationship now haha. Still hope they do release 2 phones!

  • I still believe we’ll see 2 models.

  • DTH

    Why because we call them “analysts” do their guesses hold more weight? Apple knows it must dominate the market now or begin to slide in android market share. Sure, Apple has the dominate smartphone but they are competing with multiple devices from multiple manufacturers. They dont want the same fate that befell the macs when windows dominated the install base and swept the industry. The two phones makes perfect sense, especially for the Chinese and other emerging markets

  • Eddie

    These guys are full of shit! High end, mid tier FUCK OUTTA HERE!

  • Burge

    One phone….and a cheaper i4 …that is what I’ve been saying for 2 months now..
    Makes sence why come up with 2 iPhones when you can just change a few bits on the top of the line phone (i4) and make that the cheaper one to take on the cheaper Android phones …then you can put all your development know how in to the new top of the line iPhone ..( i4s/i5 )

  • Burge

    One phone….and a cheaper i4 …that is what I’ve been saying for 2 months now..
    Makes sence why come up with 2 iPhones when you can just change a few bits on the top of the line phone (i4) and make that the cheaper one to take on the cheaper Android phones …then you can put all your development know how in to the new top of the line iPhone ..( i4s/i5 ) ..

  • rmf420

    I dont get how anyone believes apple will release two models!! that doesnt seem like a smart Move when there will always be next year!! It makes sense that apple will be releasing a 4s and hold the iphone 5 fr next year. Two new devices just doesn make sense wen theyll anyways release another one for 2012!

    • Not everyone can afford a $700 unsubsidized device. This move would likely be for Asian or African countries who are huge customers for cheaper pay-as-you-go phones.

  • Brad

    I can’t wait to laugh at everyone who thinks there’s 2 phones coming out.

    • Jake

      Then you are a sad individual who apparently is not fulfilled.

      • Brad

        Lol, what’s that Dr. Phil? I can’t hear you, I’m busy talking on my next-gen iPhone, of which only one model will be released.

  • Takean

    Analyst Claims People Don’t Really Care Anymore What Comes Out this Fall