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Next iPhone rumors: 5S and low-cost phones

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By Phil Dzikiy

News Editor, iLounge
Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
News Categories: Apple, iPhone, Rumors, iPhone

A couple of new iPhone rumors suggest Apple could be looking to release both high-end and low-end models this year, while the iPhone 5 remains in the middle. Analyst Peter Misek has suggested that the iPhone 5S will go through preliminary builds in March, with a launch in June or July, less than a year after the iPhone 5 debuted. Originating from Asian part suppliers, a second report claims that a recently rumored lower-cost iPhone could include a plastic chassis, or a plastic-and-metal chassis designed such that parts might be seen from the outside — a rumored launch date for this model is sometime in the second half of this year. While the rumors should be taken with requisite grains of salt, particularly when they come from analysts, the rumors follow Friday’s withdrawn report regarding Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller’s comments on a cheaper iPhone—a withdrawal that has been taken to suggest that the company is indeed pursuing a new affordable model. iLounge’s own sources suggest that Apple hopes to release a less expensive version of the iPhone 5, featuring such components as a Lightning connector and 4” screen.
[via Street Insider, Digitimes]

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I’m not sure what they mean by “low cost iPhones”. I just got an iPhone 4S for $69 and an iPhone 4 for free.

I don’t think you can get much more “low cost” than that.


Posted by ScooterD35 on January 15, 2013 at 8:50 PM (PDT)


“low cost” means just that. You don’t get a phone for £69. You pay a $69 deposit and pay for the handset in instalments. What do you actually pay, in total, over two years?

An iPhone 5 64Gb is £700 ($1120) then £126 ($201) per year for calls and data, when bought outside a contract (SIM Free). A total of £826 for the first year, or £952 ($1523) over two years.

A typical contract that includes (part of) the handset cost (as per US providers) is for a minimum of 24 months and is £150 for the phone and £46 per month which totals £1254 ($2006) over the same period. So people prefer a “phone only” option.

Basically a contract suckers you into paying more in the long-run.

A cheaper iPhone would be welcome - all smartphones are way overpriced.

Posted by Arithon on January 16, 2013 at 3:21 AM (PDT)

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