8GB Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iWatch could make appearances at WWDC says analyst Ming-Chi Kuo

8GB Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iWatch could make appearances at WWDC says analyst Ming-Chi Kuo
While Apple has already released a cheaper 8GB version of the Apple iPhone 5c, an 8GB version of the Apple iPhone 5s could be coming. According to connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, next month at WWDC Apple could introduce the cheaper version of its flagship phone. The KGI securities analyst is hedging his bet a little, something unusual for him. He says that since the update is a minor one, Apple might decide not to introduce it.

Kuo doesn't see much hardware being unveiled at Apple's annual developer conference. In other words, don't expect the tech titan to unwrap the Apple iPhone 6. He says that there is an outside chance that the iWatch will be shown off as part of the iOS 8 introduction, but says that the chances of that occurring are slim.

Apple is using the cheaper 8GB version of the iPhone 5c in order to compete with low priced Android and Windows Phone models in emerging markets. It is getting exceedingly hard for the company to compete with "Value-priced" phones like the Nokia Lumia 520 and the Motorola Moto E.

WWDC starts this year on June 2 and runs through June 6th.

source: AppleInsider

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30 Comments

1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

come on apple do something!...

4. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

What Apple, and several other manufacturers need to do is STOP playing these stupid games with exorbitantly pricing storage options. US 100.00 to go from 16gb to 32gb is absurd. Absolutely NO (so called) 'premium' smartphone should be offered with a paltry 8gb of storage, under any circumstances, and if this proves to be true, it absolutely SCREAMS desperation on Apple's part. It's not like reducing the storage by such a minuscule amount is going to appreciably reduce the price anyway. Apple surely can do better... ?

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7004; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They could release an iPhone that has no front facing camera, only a 5mp rear camera with/without flash, drop WiFi ac, drop LTE. There are other things that they could drop or just replace existing components with cheaper ones. This is the only way Apple can compete in emerging markets.

12. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

To maintain margin, Apple really only wants to sell to the wealthier people in any market, so they are not going to make some sort of crippled phone. Instead they will do what they already do -- sell an older model at a lower price. This gives them a lower cost of goods sold, but allows them to maintain margin. Keep in mind, Apple primarily makes all decisions based on profit margin. They don't really care about much else.

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Have you heard of OnePlus? They are going to charge 50.00 extra and instead of a 16GB model device, you will get one with 64GBs of storage - "Yeah, baby, yeah..."

26. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Plus Motorola has been pretty good in pricing different memory configs. Actually it seems only Apple is charging a pretty sum for doubling of storage capacity.

19. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

Is aPPLE really trying to bring back the stone age !!! 8GB Really !! Really Apple !! with software & apps getting bigger and bigger every day with more features , you decrease the Storage !! And ppl pay premium for this !! I feel Sorry for those iLunatics !!

24. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

4gb of user available. Hahaha. This is a bigger joke than Ben affleck playing as batman. Nice one apple.

2. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

How 8gb iPhone can compete against low end Android device? Its still expensive, its about same price tag as Android flagship phone.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You get what you pay for with those cheap low end phones

6. tedkord

Posts: 17181; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The Motorola X can run neck and neck with the iPhone 5s for half the price.

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Yeah, I know Mxy was referring to those iPhone 5Cs...

21. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Tell me what benefits of having an 8 gb smartphone?

23. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Rather get what I paid for than pay alot more what i wont get.

3. FingerMyApple unregistered

Love my gold ip5s and i might considered a space grey 8gb for my little sis :)

13. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

The13thking is dieing for that Gold S5 that he says he's gonna buy

9. tedkord

Posts: 17181; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The people who decried the GS5 having only 10 - 11gb free space will see no problem with the 5s having only 6gb (without the expandable storage the GS5 has.)

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

That is just insane - my Coolpad gives me about 6GB of space but at least I have a 32GB microSD card with that and some cloud coverage...

14. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Why would you ever want an 8GB flagship with no SD card support?

15. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

People who buy based on brand aren't always so great at making rational decisions. So the "why" is "because it has a shiny Apple logo on it".

16. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

The trend and fashion to look cool, and to belong to the "iSociety"

17. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

8gb in emerging markets, where expandable memory is more readily available than good enough wifi for cloud storage? Reasonable specs at competitive prices is definitely not Apple's skill

18. Gcombs

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 22, 2011

I just wish all manufacturers would give you the amount of storage they say you have. example 16GB iPhone 5s should have 16GB for the user not 13.3GB. They should put more onboard for the OS but also make sure the user has the guarantee 16GB

25. UglyFrank

Posts: 2191; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This is an idea I've believed in for years +1

20. nazyr1803

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

8gb iphone 5s? can't wait for it... just wanna use it to install fb, twitter, whatsapp,wechat and instagram. that's all.. even my moto g still have 10gb storage free (not a person who love to install many apps!!)

22. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Wow. They still can't give their customers a discount without taking something away. Why not stop being greedy for once and sell the 16 gb version at a discount. After all, the iPhone 6 is coming out and should make the last model cheaper. Only Apple is arrogant enough to believe their old flagship should be the same price of their new flagship. And the only way to reduce the price is to take away 8gb of storage. Please....

27. craigy72

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Samsung +1

28. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

not everyone stuffs crap on the phone. some only use it as a phone or a few apps and pics with tons of room left.

29. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

It's not exceedingly difficult for Apple to compete with "Value-priced" phones like the Nokia Lumia 520 and the Motorola Moto E. They just choose not to. If they started slumming it, they'd lose their status as a luxury item. Rolex doesn't try to compete with Timex, and Mercedes doesn't try to compete with Kia. If Apple wanted to actually compete, they wouldn't rip their customers off charging $100+ for $10 worth of storage.

30. MickLuvHP

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

LOL!!! 8GB iPhone 5S? I don't even think most people have enough storage when they buy the 16GB 5S. With social media apps ever increasing the size of their files, I think its only possible if you use the phone for music & Internet. You won't ever want to be in a situation to be force to delete something when you realise you don't even have enough memory to take a photo. (A user of iPhone 3GS 8GB before)

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