Warnings of inflated prices and supply shortages when Apple's latest smartphone, rumored to be unveiled on
Apple is rumored to be unveiling the phone on
Numerous leaks about the much-anticipated iPhone 6 suggest it will have a bigger screen, more storage capacity and possibly a "mobile wallet" feature.
But all Apple has said is that it is holding an event in
The U.S.-based company said it does not comment on "rumours or speculation" when contacted by
The new iPhone is widely expected to be bigger than Apple's current flagship model, the 5S, which has a 4-inch screen.
According to widespread industry rumors, Apple plans two versions of the new phone, with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens.
Yet Kassim said there is some uncertainty over whether Apple will release both at the same time.
"The only question is whether both the 4.7-inch and the 5.5-inch [models] will be announced and be available a few days after the announcement, or whether the 5.5-inch will be delayed due to what is rumoured to be production delays," he said.
Nadeem Khanzadah of the
He cited information received from manufactures of accessories such as phone cases and screen protectors.
"Some of the vendors say they've already got the specifications for the case," he said. "It seems like it's all adding up to a launch on September 9th."
"Since there is expected to be a change in form factor with larger screen, the iPhone 6 will generate initial hysteria for sure," Bhatnagar said.
One key factor influencing the popularity of the phone will, of course, be the price.
Currently, an entry-level iPhone 5S will cost you
Retailer JadoPado is already listing the iPhone 6 on its website in gold, silver and grey and with up to 128GB capacity although has not specified prices.
Kassim said he expects "alternatively sourced devices" to be available in the
Desirable gadgets often arrive in Middle Eastern markets early on the so-called "grey market" where they are sold legally but not imported though official distributors.
Bhatnagar said the iPhone 6 "may command a huge premium" in price when initially sold on the grey market.
This market is "damaging" to mainstream retailers, said Nadeem Khanzadah of
"It should be available on the grey market, because products tend to flood in right after launch," he said. "The customer doesn't get the right experience Plus there is no real backup for them if something goes wrong."
As an official reseller of Apple products, Jumbo would not stock the iPhone 6 until its official launch, Khanzadah added.
But he said he hoped that some Middle Eastern countries would be included in the "first wave" of launch countries by Apple.
Ashish Panjabi, chief operating officer for the
"We do hope Apple will maintain its policy of bringing new models to the
Whatever the launch date, retailers expect the iPhone 6 to be in short supply when it is first available in the
"We anticipate that there will be huge demand for this even more than for the previous iPhones," said Khanzadah. "Initially there is always short supply."
Panjabi said that there is "a lot riding" on the new iPhone, as an opportunity for Apple to regain some ground lost to rival phone manufacturers like
"If the new iPhone comes with a bigger screen, it will help them plough back some market share," he said.
Analysts said that Apple and
Apple handsets account for just 9.1 percent of the total in the
"The take-up of smartphones in the
"The launch of a new iPhone will put the baton in Apple's hand, and the expected design features of the iPhone 6 a bigger screen, slimmer device do chime with current tastes."
However, it remains to be seen whether "Apple will be able to come up with something truly innovative", Reed added.
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