Munster: Apple iPhone 5C could launch sans Siri

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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24 Comments

1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31626; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

S-Voice is horrible too

12. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

S Voice is worse than Siri, and Siri sucks.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31626; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ok but s voice is horrible

16. jaychildz

Posts: 144; Member since: May 31, 2013

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

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31626; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

19. tedkord

Posts: 17479; Member since: Jun 17, 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?

24. eric.kirkey26

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 17, 2013

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

2. ViBRATOt49

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 06, 2009

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

6. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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

7. ViBRATOt49

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 06, 2009

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

17. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

3. Tazer2365

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 28, 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.

4. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 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.

15. zennacko unregistered

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

5. TwentyWendy

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

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

8. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 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.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31626; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If it retails for $300 then no biggie.

11. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Fragmentation, FRAGMENTATION, FRAGMENTATION!!!!!!

21. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

The F word! :o

13. trickster_qc

Posts: 107; Member since: Jun 18, 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.

23. wky1998

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

Jailbreak Siri never better than the original Siri anyway

20. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

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

22. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Castrated an Superior?

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