Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) started delivering iOS 7 to users of its iDevices today. It’s a big move because this is the first major redesign of the operating system since it was first introduced. Analysts and Apple fans have been looking forward to today for quite some time.
In fact, some would say that iOS 7 is a bigger deal than the two new iPhones which were introduced last week. But now that iOS 7 is rolling out to Apple users around the world, what’s next for the company? Is it too early to look forward to the iPhone 6?
Apple could still announce a China Mobile deal
One of the things investors particularly are still looking forward to is a deal with China Mobile. All the pieces appear to be in place for a deal between the two companies to happen, but one was not announced with the new iPhones next week. Many see China Mobile as an important step in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s growth strategy because the company has more than 400 million subscribers.
Apple may have other products ahead
We’ve heard rumors that Apple will hold another event on Oct. 15, which could mean that more products are ahead. Most speculate that the new iPads will be unveiled on that date, possibly along with iMac updates. These speculations certainly make a lot of sense.
But there’s always a chance that if Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) does hold a big event in October, there will be some kind of surprise. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster remains convinced that the company will unveil an Apple television set this year. He believes it will be available for purchase on the market net year after being unveiled at some point before the end of the current year.
What about the iPhone 6?
And then some Apple fans are still hanging their hopes on the iPhone 6. The company still has yet to address the phablet market or even the low-end of the smartphone market. The iPhone 5C is still very expensive if purchased unsubsidized, especially in China, where many where hoping the phone would make its mark. But other point to carrier plans which pair a free iPhone 5C with a very long contract.
It will take some time to see how well this pans out for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). But apparently the company hasn’t had any trouble moving iPhones during the September quarter. The company’s iPhone sales jumped 28 percent to 34.5 million up to Sept. 15, which means it still doesn’t include the last two weeks of the month.
Apple started preorders of the iPhone 5C last Friday, but we still don’t know just how many of those handsets it has sold yet. The company is keeping quiet on the topic.