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Munster: Apple iPhone 5C could launch sans Siri

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Munster: Apple iPhone 5C could launch sans Siri
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has a few predictions about the low-cost Apple iPhone 5C. In a note to investors sent out late Monday, the investment house analyst expects to see the device with a plastic casing (no surprise considering the leaks of those omnipresent shells), a 4 inch screen and lower-end internal specs than what is found or will be found on the Apple iPhone 5/5S.

Munster says that some "software features" like Siri may be excluded from the low cost model. The Wall Street number cruncher forecasts that the iPhone 5C will end up retailing for $300. Apple is then expected to put the Apple iPhone 4S in mothballs and make the iPhone 5C its low end model. The analyst says that eliminating Siri on the low-cost model should be enough to differentiate the iPhone 5C from the iPhone 5S and prevent cannibalization of higher-end sales by the budget version of the phone.

As far as the new full-priced model is concerned, Munster sees a fingerprint scanner coming on the Apple iPhone 5S, but does not believe features like mobile payments will be ready for iOS 7 this year. Instead, he believes that the scanner will offer basic functions such as unlocking the phone. Securing payments using fingerprints won't occur until next year's iOS update, according to Munster.  The long-time Wall Streeter expects a large-screened Apple iPhone and the Apple iWatch to come to market in the middle of next year.

source: MacRumors via FierceMobile

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posted on 13 Aug 2013, 11:36 7

1. Ninetysix (Posts: 1362; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


No biggie. First thing I did when I got my S4 is remove all the bloatware including S-voice.

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 12:10 3

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 10109; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


S-Voice is horrible too

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 12:31 2

12. PK1983 (Posts: 164; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


S Voice is worse than Siri, and Siri sucks.

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 13:30 1

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 10109; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Ok but s voice is horrible

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 15:15 3

16. jaychildz (Posts: 104; Member since: 31 May 2013)


i appreciate GoogleNow, simple & helpful and she doesn't talk too darn much

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 18:45 1

18. darkkjedii (Posts: 10109; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Google now is awesome. I have that, and Siri on my ip5, and of course my note 2 has it.

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 19:45 1

19. tedkord (Posts: 4277; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


S-voice is terrible. Google now is pretty awesome.

I wouldn't doubt they'd remove Siri from the 5c. Keep all the features, and whose going to buy the flagship 5s?

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 20:21

24. eric.kirkey26 (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Jul 2013)


For Me Well Boo You Because If No Siri On 5C All Diffently Go More Money For 5S

I Like The Siri Feature

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 11:37

2. ViBRATOt49 (Posts: 17; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)


please just make the 5C $249 off contract! easy!

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 11:44 1

6. _Bone_ (Posts: 2104; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


And you'd still choose that over the $300 LG G2 spec'd Nexus 5?

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 11:54

7. ViBRATOt49 (Posts: 17; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)


no lol I hate my iPhone 5. I'm just saying . I want a g2

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 17:43 1

17. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1107; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Stop with this non-sense. The company still sales the iPod touch for $229 and that was pretty recent. This phone is going to cost over $400.

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 11:38 5

3. Tazer2365 (Posts: 44; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


I doubt siri would be excluded from the cheap iPhone. Just look at the iPod touch 5th generation, it has siri at a $300 price point.

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 11:42

4. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


Yeah but the iPod touch isn't a phone, so it wont change the iPhone's sales. On the other hand, if they put Siri on the low cost iPhone, people might consider the low cost iPhone, and the higher cost iPhone will lose sales because of that.

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 13:53

15. zennacko (Posts: 222; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


If you can install WhatsApp, it won't make any difference from a phone lol

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 11:42

5. TwentyWendy (banned) (Posts: 65; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


No biggie, I can download Google Now on app store, which will make ICS users envy anyway :)

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 12:01 1

8. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


So, this is basically an iTouch that's being remarketed. Gotta' give it to Apple, they really know how to stick it to their users so they can squeeze every little penny out of them.

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 12:09 1

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 10109; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


If it retails for $300 then no biggie.

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 12:31 3

11. PK1983 (Posts: 164; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Fragmentation, FRAGMENTATION, FRAGMENTATION!!!!!!

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 21:36

21. aditya.k (Posts: 455; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


The F word! :o

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 12:46 3

13. trickster_qc (Posts: 80; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


Even if Siri is left out of the iphone 5C jailbreakers will find a work around.

Especially if that phone is sold in Asia and emerging market. They will jailbreak it so fast Tim Cook's head will spin.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 07:45

23. wky1998 (Posts: 13; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


Jailbreak Siri never better than the original Siri anyway

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 21:35

20. aditya.k (Posts: 455; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Google must be happy. Google Now all the way! :D \m/
Stupid Cook. Doesn't know how to bake some good smartphones! :P

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 21:37

22. AfterShock (Posts: 2116; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Castrated an Superior?

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