Analyst: Low priced Apple iPhone mini or Apple iPhone Air coming this year
0. phoneArena 11 Feb 2013, 10:27 posted on
Like that bad song that you can't get out of your head, or that movie that keeps showing up on television, the rumor of a low-priced version of the Apple iPhone for 2013 keeps popping up and on Monday morning, Topeka Capital analyst Brian White said that a low priced version of the iconic smartphone will help open up the Chinese market...
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1. SIGPRO (Posts: 436; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)
No more iphone's please, it is enough! Same old design no innovation at all!
Just small upgrades, nothing special!
5. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3405; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
And yet the iPhone is still the hottest selling phone on the market.
8. imsickwithsmartphone (Posts: 153; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Can't wait to buy this phone!!
18. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)
will defenetly get one , if its around 200-300$ n specs are atleast like iphone 4
28. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3007; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
What will be the use of 4S then??
This should've been a scene seen 1 year or 20 months ago. Apple's really late in the game...
You will never see an iPhone that costs $200-$300 whose specs are somewhat like that of the 4S. That would break 4S' customers...
And even if it were to be like 4S the introductionary price is going to get high and it will stay there for about 9-10 months.
46. tmcblog (Posts: 19; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
lol it's only a dream... don't expect it will happen if it's from Apple...
at that price range, you'll only get specs like entry level android phone, TFT display with 480x320 resolution, 512 MB of RAM, single core CPU, and crappy GPU..
But if that's an android phone, you'll get HD IPS display, 1 GB of RAM, dual core CPU, mid class GPU..
47. Ohrules (Posts: 314; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)
i suppose that you are referring to the phone in your display picture :P
12. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1192; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Only because people are entrenched into an ecosystem. They have to buy what Apple throws down their throats or else lose years of App and accessory investment. And many of Apple customers just don't care about specs or that iOS looks the same.
If Samsung screws up the S4 I could go to the Note 3. If Samsung screws up the Note 3 I could go to HTC. If HTC screws up I can go to Motorola. If Motolora screws up I can go to LG or Sony. As you can see your forced to eat what ever Apple craps out. As long as Google keeps innovating Android will not fail.
13. darkkjedii (Posts: 10921; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
U r too, jus as u can leave a handset maker so can apple users dude.
31. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3984; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I don't think you got the point of his comment, iOS users have a harder time switching manufacturers than Android or WP users, because no one else makes iOS devices; so, you have to adapt to a whole new ecosystem and you lose all of your app and accessory investments.
The point he was trying to make was that Apple users might feel forced to stay with Apple because they have too much inside the Apple ecosystem that would be a big hassle to recover, if you even could recover all of it. So, some portion of Apple's market share is made up of people who WANT to switch, but they can't because they are too involved with the ecosystem.
It's easy to switch from Samsung to Motorola, or HTC to Sony, because they all share the Android ecosystem. You just have to log into your Google account and everything is right there for you, you might lose your case and screen protector, but nothing big; same for WP.
However, switching from iOS to Android/WP/BB10 (or vice versa) is a very big change. First, you lose all of your apps and have to go searching for them in your OS's app store, some of them won't even be there; and when you do find all your apps, you've lost the in-app purchases you might have made in your previous OS.
Then, if you're switching from iOS, you lose all of you iAccessories (if you have them); docks, speakers, special battery packs, etc., because Apple has to be weird and use non-standard connection ports.
22. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)
that d thing fanboy. android has too many phones n not able to integrate the hardware properly , thats y its thursty of raw power , while iphone utilises wat it has n be d best in terms of perfomance . the UI has to be updated by apple , n may be it'll updated in ios7 . people should go after perfomance instead of spec . u r taking like intel i7 2ghz vs core2duo 2.8 ghz . spec is high in core2duo , but which1 wins ?!!
26. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1192; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
I rather see 10 Android flagships than 1 Apple flagship even if that means fragmentation. All the critics have thrown that word around for years and it has done nothing to the popularity of Android.
Apple needs more than 1 flagship model with various screen sizes. Not a cheap imitation of their flagship model.
15. -SEUL8TR- (Posts: 113; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)
For showing off and " look I'm cool" I've got a i$h€€p phone, and I'm a typical moron....!
37. ZeroCide (Posts: 687; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
Which market? not ones that i've seen lately.
39. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
Mxy, please do your homework. The iPhones is not the hottest selling phone on the market.
44. Hemlocke (unregistered)
It is, and second place isn't even close. You do realize that the Galaxy S line recently eclipsed the 100 million mark, right? Impressive, am I right? That's less than the iPhone sold in 2012.
6. darkkjedii (Posts: 10921; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
If u don't like em don't buy em. Let those who like em enjoy em. Pretty simple huh?
16. -SEUL8TR- (Posts: 113; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)
They should be well informed, that this product is a disgrace to society
21. stealthd (Posts: 945; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
You should be well informed, that your comments are ridiculous.
32. hepresearch (unregistered)
Thank you! Simple answer found!
People who are happy with their iPhones can never be convinced that their device is a "disgrace to society", even just as much as people who are happy with their Android device can never be convinced that their DROID is buggy as all get out. People have their OWN yardsticks by which to measure their own contentment with their own product choices, and to say that either the iPhone, or Android devices, are complete junk across the board... or a "disgrace to society"... as a blanket statement is ridiculous, and does no one any good.
That said, if I can ever spare $300, I would gladly throw it down to sample an iPhone mini/Air/whatever, even just to try it out. If it works anything like the original, then I have no doubt it will do just fine. Would it be my primary phone? Possibly not, but just the same I can see that $300 value in trying it out for a couple years just to widen my horizons and perspective. The other iPhones are just too expensive to justify trying them out in a more casual manner. I already know I'm not a fan of most (note: MOST) Android devices that dwell in the < $300 market space, but I would be willing to try something new that enters that space. IF the Nokia Lumia 620 ever came to the US, I might even consider trying that out, even with all the negative vibes I've gotten from Windows 8/RT/Phone 8 PC's, devices, and service setups.
42. napsterO6 (Posts: 17; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)
All tho iPhone(s) have same
Design and s**tty innovations ( actually no innovations at all ).. They still stands up in the market.
2. Lift_Off (Posts: 152; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)
I feel like a less costly iphone is pretty unnecessary, seeing how iphone 4's are free on contract and 4s is only a $100. I'm much more interested in the newest iOS. Really hoping Apple has some big things planned.
4. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
India has no contract model. Even the model of "Reverse Subsidy" failed to gain any traction.
20. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)
the problem in india is they dont have authorised apple stores n sellers sell it at pretty high prices. apple has to take care of bigmarkets like india n china by bringing the prices down.
3. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
$300 for mini Vs $349 for Nexus 4 ... hmm which one do i take? NEXUS 4 of course :)
$300 landed price in India would become more than INR 24000. Thi9s is too expensive to be called a cheap phone. Here understanding of cheap phone means 5 inch screen with 720p display for 280$ landed (ie 15K max) like Micromax A116 and even that some say is a bit overpriced at 15K. sweet point is roughly 12-13k (around $250 landed or $180 pre import).
25. tusshharish (Posts: 341; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
iphone mini or air will have specifications of iphone 3gs or they sell iphone 3gs as iphone mini.....lol......
35. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
a $100 phone sold for $300 ... $100 is for the phone and $200 is for the logo.
7. Marcus_h (Posts: 44; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
I read they couldn't make enough iPhone 4s to keep up with demand. Do they need a new cheaper handset?
9. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6363; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Ha yeah right. Apple doesn't make low end cost phones.
38. ZeroCide (Posts: 687; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
Well they do make cheap low cost phone..... They just don't price them to you that way. They want more of your monies.
10. doubler86 (Posts: 318; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
People don't realize that all these rumors are false. If Apple makes a low priced phone then they loose what's left of their prestige. A high end company like Apple would then really collapse more than they are now.
It's like if Louis Vuitton or Bentley suddenly said we are too expensive, lets make a model that's half our normal price. They'd be finished.
If Apple does this they will loose what prestige they have left, after a horrible attempt at going into prepaid market
29. lolioslol (banned) (Posts: 182; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
>Implying high end Android models don't cost just as much or MORE than an iNovelty.
Seriously, where the f*ck are you people getting this idea that iphails are super expensive luxury items? That's like saying someone can afford an F-150 but not a Chevy 1500 and claiming it's a luxury truck. Same damn thing, damn near same price.
41. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
They don't. See Nexus 4.
Also, most higher end Chinese-designed smartphones are very low price relative to the phones that get released in America.
If Apple released an iPhone at half of the price of the current-gen iPhone, they'd be done. Low margin has never been Apple's game.
11. wendygarett (unregistered)
Overpriced underpriced I still gonna get it anyway :)
14. Yaldo_27 (Posts: 28; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)
The only thing that I wish you could made is just iMath...
That is much simpler than current math (mathematics)....
That would be a very innovative product....
Especially for Asians students.....
23. wwRGw (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)
On alternative is lowering the cost of the iPhone 4. Unlocked from Apple it's $450, which is ridiculous for a phone that came out in 2010. Though outdated it's still a nice phone but nowhere near the value of newer mid-to-entry level phones available.
30. lolioslol (banned) (Posts: 182; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
Remember, you're not paying for the PHONE, you're paying for the shiny logo on the back!
24. spideyhead256 (Posts: 148; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)
iphone mini? :P the iphone air sounds kinda awesome though.
33. 9thWonderful (Posts: 232; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)
I'll skip this version...not really interested in an economy iPhone.
34. KangLee (Posts: 12; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)
Sick of iPhone mini rumour. Been around for few years but never right. They already have budget iPhone which called iPhone 4.
43. luxzy801 (Posts: 134; Member since: 16 Jun 2010)
Hey Nike, take a page from Apple's book and sue their asses for stealing your moniker, and hurry up, im getting tired of everyone pushin that everyone steals from apple while apple steals from others right under their noses. DAMNIT NIKE, HURRY THE F*** UP!!!!
Sorry, had to get that out there
45. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
So....I see no one on here predicted this will be the End of Android. Any takers for that bet yet again....lol. I shoulda put money on it the last 2 times it was said....