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Not only is the new iPhone late, it will arrive this fall (presumably), a little light under the hood compared to some of the growing list of beefy dual-core, LTE 4G Androids out already or soon to arrive.
In fact, by the time the
new iPhonesmake it to market, there will be at least 14 Android muscle phones available at
Verizon(VZ - Get Report),
AT&T(T - Get Report),
Deutsche Telekom's(DT)T-Mobile and
However, the weakling status of the iPhone has not hurt its popularity nor has it been a drag on the stock, which hit a
new all-time high of $413.23 on Monday.
The new iPhone 5 is expected to be slightly redesigned with a dual-core processor and a better camera. There is also the possibility that Apple will introduce a more stripped down version of the iPhone 4 that it can sell cheaply as either a free phone or an export to growth markets like China.
One feature the new iPhone won't have is the 4G LTE technology. That upgrade, as first reported here, won't come until next year, when Apple delivers a
souped-up 4G LTE iPhone.
Meanwhile, rivals like
Motorola(MMI - Get Report),
HTC are turning out super-charged, ultrathin Androids with bigger, more vivid screens, better cameras, fast dual-core processors and super speedy 4G LTE connections.
The technical advances of Android phones aren't exactly making Apple look cool this summer.
"The processor and display quality improvement in the Android camp is proceeding at such a clip that Apple will be under a lot of pressure to deliver a substantial jump in iPhone specs next autumn," said independent analyst Tero Kuittinen. "It's not clear how Apple can battle the rapid Android evolution unless it picks up the pace of its iPhone launches."
Here's the daunting list of Android phones that are dwarfing the iPhone.