A 2010 release of the fourth generation iPhone could see a boom in the smartphone market, according to an industry expert.
Conrad Longmore, editor at Mobile Gazette, said that predicting the future of the smartphone market is tricky as there is no clear definition of what one really is.
However, he said that at the top end, many consumers will be looking to replace their existing smartphones with newer devices.
“For example, we can expect to see a fourth generation iPhone sometime during 2010 which should prompt existing customers to upgrade,” he added.
Mr Longmore also predicted that 2010 will see mid-market handsets becoming progressively smarter, offering features that would previously have been restricted to high-end devices such as the iPhone or BlackBerry.
This Wednesday (January 27th), Apple is rumoured to be releasing a new iPhone 4G device. Multi-tasking, an improved camera with flash and a quicker processor could all be included, according to numerous iPhone fan sites.