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New Rumor from China: Apple iPhone 5S and cheaper version to both ship this August

0. phoneArena 01 Mar 2013, 09:39 posted on

On Thursday, we told you about a report from Japan discussing a 2014 release for a low-cost Apple iPhone 5S that would be made of a polycarbonate material and would cost $330; on Friday, news from China relayed a different story about the Apple iPhone 5S which is expected top be a World Phone using a Qualcomm chip that works on all LTE bands...

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posted on 01 Mar 2013, 09:52 16

1. omarr (banned) (Posts: 149; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


posted on 01 Mar 2013, 13:26 14

21. ramonleonjr62 (Posts: 48; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)

l agree is boring

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 17:20 4

29. lolioslol (banned) (Posts: 182; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)

It's apple, you expected something besides the same ol' same ol'?

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 11:07

41. quakan (Posts: 1373; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


posted on 01 Mar 2013, 18:17 3

33. Soeharto.Penjahat.Internationa (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 Mar 2013)

I think this is another KIND of NEWS that supposed to make apple stock price not to fall further down.

It's a fake news.

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 11:07

40. quakan (Posts: 1373; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


posted on 03 Mar 2013, 17:41

43. tuminatr (Posts: 773; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)

are you capable of sayong anything besides troll

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 09:55 2

2. ankitp (Posts: 138; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)

low priced apple iphones can be hit on Asian countries like China & india

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 11:50 3

15. jonartpop (Posts: 176; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)

Yup, and Indonesia maybe because iPhone 3GS 8GB is still being sold here and they sell pretty well since they drop the price to $300.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 18:15 1

32. Soeharto.Penjahat.Internationa (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 Mar 2013)


you call that a success???

I think that's a catastrophe about to happened.
*** I've seen a lot of APPLE user go to papa-mama shop to download apple apps because they don't have credit card / iTunes account.
*** They PAY A LOT TO THIS STORE. ABOUT US$ 1 - US$ 5 for EACH GAME. Small game like bellow 100MB were US$ 1, and the price went up according to game size and popularity.
*** The one that get the money is this papa-mama shop. If the user want the paid apps, they will tell them to jailbreak (another US$30-50), then they will install pirated apps, but still asking lots of money.

After a while.... these people moved away from their iphone to android.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 20:08

36. jonartpop (Posts: 176; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)

I'm just saying the truth though, maybe people (mostly teenagers) buy 3Gs because its the cheapest iPhone & it's an iPhone.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 18:11 3

31. Soeharto.Penjahat.Internationa (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 Mar 2013)

Apple PROBLEM in Asian like China and India were:

around 90% of middle class worker (US$ 200 - 500 /month) in this country DON'T have credit card.

2. Price sensitivity. Unlike American, Asian doesn't valued apple brand like god. So, if price/performance were too far from competing android brand, apple won't be success.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 09:59 15

3. wumberpeb (Posts: 453; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)

More likely, the 5S will have a better camera, better processor and bring software improvements (which all models will get from the iP4 up). Same design as the 5, same repetition from 3G-3GS as 4-4S...innovation apparently means resting on your laurels.

Change iOS if you want to make a mark. Android evolved, hell even BlackBerry evolved. Why can't one of the world's richest companies do it?

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 10:32

10. lauremar (Posts: 181; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)

You're 100% correct... And to add to that, the cheaper Apple phones that they are coming out with are a generation and 2 generations back. This is how the company works... When are all these people going to learn? They've come out with all these endless BS rumors before (just like above) which end up to be totally false and a huge disappointment to consumers....

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 12:51

20. Luuthian (Posts: 246; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)

I'd be pretty certain by now that an OS change is in the works. Problem is, it takes time. And it'll take even more time seeing as they only threw Jony Ive into the OS design position a few months ago. A proper OS isn't just built in a few months...

I have a feeling we won't see a real OS update until next year.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 10:05

4. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

They'll be needing more Nephrologists soon.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 10:15 5

5. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)

OK... I am going to wait until more information is released about the next iPhone before I jump ship to Android. But I have to say this...

If Apple doesn't have a larger screen and a revamped iOS then its a waste... Apple shouldn't bother wasting time. If the next iPhone isn't a refresh I can bet stocks will plummet and shareholders will be angry!!!

I think its safe to say that Apple loyalists (like me) are looking forward to what Apple is going to do next.... But I will not waste my money on mediocre upgrades and lack of innovation. Especially when other competing phones have so much more to offer. Looks like the fans are speaking out... literally screaming what they want in the next iPhone... its up to Apple to listen and give the fans what they want or risk an epic fail.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 12:47 4

19. darkkjedii (Posts: 21218; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Good post Dave well said

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 13:44 1

23. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)

Thanks DK...

I read a lot of your posts and I always tend to take your side. I really don't want to stop using my iPhone... I just want something new and refreshing. I want more of what the competition has already been enjoying without the lags and bugs of Android (Insert hate comment bellow...lol)

The iPhone 5 was a decent improvement but jst not enough for me t commit to another 2yr contact and shell out additional $200 bucks.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 19:14

35. andrwroepke (Posts: 9; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

I was the same way. I thought the 5 was a decent upgrade but wanted something refreshing, so i got a galaxy 3. It was the not a good phone. Terrible battery life, alot of lag, bad reception, and it was huge you had to use two hands to do everything. After 3 weeks i took it back. The other side is not greener. Especially if you have a mac. Apple at least works. The features Samsung brags about aren't even that cool. I know i'll get a million thumbs down but Samsung isn't awesome. I think Apple needs to refresh iOS and i'll stick with them.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 10:22

6. avin007 (Posts: 139; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)

Lower priced iphone can draw serious criticism in usa but they can help establish apples hold in india (and such other emerging markets) .this phone can pose serious problems for sammy devices

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 10:31 3

9. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

A cheap spec iPhone can't compete with a mid-range priced Android such as the Nexus 4, the now-afforable S3/Note II and soon-cheap Droid DNA, Oppo Find 5 etc. What happened with the iPad Mini is telling: it had ZERO effect on Android tablet sales, but the real profit maker for Apple, iPad 4 sales dropped. The same thing on the iPhone front (fanboys going for cheap, rest going for Android) would be disastrous however, but Apple doesn't have a choice since they are already beaten to the punch in the premium category.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 18:50

34. stealthd (unregistered)

Android tablet sales were already pretty flat, they couldn't really fall any further.

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 05:26

38. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)

So what about the nexus 7 one of the best selling tablets ever... you amaze me that you think the largest mobile operating system in the world has bad sales that they can't call further...

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 06:35

39. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Really? Can cheaper iPhone compete with Micromax? Not everyone cares about showing off that logo while talking on phone :)

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 10:26 1

7. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

They have the best hackers so the rumor is probably true.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 10:28 1

8. ryq24 (Posts: 722; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

I know a lot of former iphone users who have switch to Samsung are ready to return to apple if they have a bigger screen. Somewhere around 4.5 to 4.8" .

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 10:34 2

11. lauremar (Posts: 181; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)

And you know this how? Because you're a mind reader?!!! Get the F***k out of here!

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 10:53

12. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 886; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

They are ruining their brand by doing this. A cheap iphone has always been the older version of the phone since they run stable for many years. I may not like Apple but the brand and "cool" factor among the masses is the one thing that has always worked in their favor.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 11:16 3

13. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Apple has more rumors and more patents than actual work these days ... this is what Cook is Cooking for shares to go up :)

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 11:34 2

14. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

I'm pretty sure that any cheap Apple phone won't be popular! Because people who loves to show off won't buy cheap phone even if it has Apple logo on it! Why? Because according to this kind of Apple lovers - CHEAP IS NOT COOL!
Other people who loves technologies also won't buy it because I'm pretty sure that cheap Apple phone will be even more boring and outdated than usual iPhone. ;)

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 11:59 2

17. kboo1995 (unregistered)

i don't know what this Tim Cook is (COOKIng) but i have a strong feeling it is gonna taste BAD
even though i am an apple user

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 11:53

16. kboo1995 (unregistered)

i don't think so
they should make the cheap one a world phone
because the cheap one is gonna sell more

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 12:07

18. PhoenixWright (Posts: 102; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


Now who's trying to use the polycarbonate body in a phone that always wanted to be forever premium with aluminum and glass?

The colors must be tantalizing Apple more and more these days, But its too soon to hope that Apple would really turn the other cheek now.
GO iPhone 5S, your twin brother iPhone 5 is waiting, and your older twin sisters iPhone 4 and 4S too :D

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 13:35 8

22. ramonleonjr62 (Posts: 48; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)

and l will call those who like a bigger screen on their apple phone, l will call then hypocrite an what it count is the soft ware on the phone

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 14:32 1

24. imkyle (Posts: 1073; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

They are not going to do a cheaper iPhone.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 14:51 1

25. ZeroCide (Posts: 773; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)

Apple China Fail.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 15:15 5

26. neurobiologist (banned) (Posts: 89; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)

Has apple ever invented anything? youtube.com/watch?v=wFeC25BM9E0 please share.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 15:22

27. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Thanks for the link, very true!

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 16:12 1

28. Furbal (Posts: 980; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

I think a cheaper iPhone will have a tough time. I am an android fanboy through and thought but those entry level and mid level Nokia's are damn nice. People would have to be blind to pick a 3gs equivalent over one.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 17:51

30. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 528; Member since: 07 May 2012)

about time,they need to cater for developing countries,not just the rich folks,iphone and high end to mid range android devices are so expensive in the caribbean

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 05:04 2

37. clark (Posts: 51; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)

whether it is iphone 5S, iphone 6, 7, 8 ,9, 10 still they are all boring phones who are really expensive yet no innovations ever gave to use users. All what they knew is to took our money and that's all. Apple loves money so much.

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 13:58

42. BackHandLegend (Posts: 80; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)

What the hell's apple doing? They could just market their iPhone 4 and 4S for cheaper if they want to enter the low end market. iDiots.

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 00:14

44. destiny110 (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Jun 2012)

If i am putting it right a cheaper iphone means an iphone which considerably lower in price than the flagship device off-contract and I suppose it should sit between $250 to $300. IMO here cheaper doesn't mean bad in quality. I should appear like a Lumia phone with iOS, off ourse lumias are cheaper to built as we as goodlooking.

Using old iphones' parts in order to built cheaper iphones is not good idea i guess Apple wouldnt consider it. I think they would throw in newer generation low cost power efficient chip set and would give it a refreshed look.

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