According to AppleInsider, Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets has attended an industry trade show in China this week.
The analyst claims that Apple’s suppliers and vendors believe a cheaper iPhone will be introduced in June alongside the rumored iPhone 5S.
His claims contradict those of fellow analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities who claims that production problems with the iPhone 5S will force Cupertino to launch the device later than June.
In a note on Friday, White wrote that the low-cost iPhone will feature the same 4-inch display as the iPhone 5, but a slightly thicker form factor with a curved plastic back.
Regarding the iPhone 5S, White said that there is a “strong consensus” among suppliers that the handset will come with several exterior changes such as a larger camera and repositioned buttons on the left side.
The analyst also expects the iPhone 5S to come with integrated fingerprint scanning technology which he views as “the major new feature used to market the iPhone 5S, similar to what Siri was to the iPhone 4S.”
As for his recent report claiming that Apple will likely launch the next iPhone in two screen sizes, White said that suppliers gave no information about display sizes different from the current 4-inch dimension.