Around a month ago, I first scribbled about K-Hub, blond bombshell and - more importantly - Managing Director at Morgan Stanley (where she’s more commonly known as Katy Huberty).
Back then, K-Hub was predicting an unspecified “killer feature” for the iPhone 5S, and now she’s touting the notion of a “killer app” – specifically pertaining to mobile payments. Killer!
That’s the story according to Apple Insider, which has been perusing a note to investors, penned by K-Hub after a meeting with Apple management.
In addition to the mobile payment app, Lady Huberty reckons Apple’s long-rumoured music streaming service might be imminent too, though there are persistent rumours of royalty disputes.
"We believe Apple could charge either developers or users for some of these services, which could boost Apple’s annuitized revenue stream and better monetize its large user base," writes the Hub. "For example, Apple could offer a streaming music service using a freemium model."
Huberty goes on to suggest that the new service(s) might launch as early as WWDC 2013, which gets underway in just over eight weeks (June 10).
The general consensus is that Apple needs to crank it up a notch with the iPhone 5S, with recent rumours suggesting NFC (Near Field Communication, which is already on millions of phones and is of little to no interest to Joe Average), and fingerprint security. Can I pre-order now?
The Insiders also make mention of the budget iPhone. Again. Bleurgh. Is it the weekend yet?