Analysts have high hopes for iPhone 4

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A number of prominent analysts have predicted that Apple's new iPhone 4 will take the mobile market by storm.

For example, Mark Moskowitz of JP Morgan Research explained that the iPhone 4 offers "suitable advancements" which will allow Apple to maintain its lead in the competitive smartphone space.

Analysts have high hopes for iPhone 4"In the next 12 months, we expect Apple to benefit from the churn effect," Moskowitz wrote in an industry note obtained by AppleInsider.

"We think the [latest] iPhone 4 stands to increase adoption rates by new customers and also accelerate rates from existing customers. The new features, particularly the FaceTime video chat, will likely reassert the iPhone as the must-have device for users seeking advanced wireless handset connectivity solutions."

Meanwhile, Mike Abramsky of RBC noted that iOS (4) was part of Apple's "continued assault" on "dominating personal computing."

"Apple now brings iOS's simplicity, user experience, iTunes integration, developer momentum and cross-platform across all future Apple mobile devices (expects to ship 100 million 'iOS devices' in June), gaining scale as smartphones/iPads outsell PCs." 

Finally, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster opined that the latest iteration of Apple's iPhone was "significantly more advanced” than the "next best" [Android] alternative.

"The gee-whiz feature of iPhone 4 is FaceTime (videochat), adding yet another feature which historically was tied to a personal computer.



"iPhone 4 also adds an HD video camera, iMovie for the iPhone and the ability to run multiple apps at the same time, collectively creating an integrated experience that used to require multiple devices."