Jul 30 2013, 1:58pm CDT | by Deidre Richardson
We’ve heard rumors about the iPhone 5S and the low-cost, budget, or plastic iPhone that was rumored to emerge this Fall. According to sources familiar with Apple’s latest project, the iteration of the iPhone 5 will come in one version, not two – and it will be called the iPhone 5C.
Apple is taking a new approach with this Fall’s presentation. Android has dominated the smartphone market by way of its inexpensive, plastic smartphones that users love, while focusing on providing amazing services and software for its operating system. Apple’s financials were great this past quarter, but Apple has not had much luck in countries such as India (and other third-world countries) where affording a $692 factory unlocked iPhone 5 is not as easy of a reach as here in the US.
To combat Apple’s struggles with infiltrating third-world countries and consumers who often opt for Android smartphones instead, Apple will retain the current iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 4 models for iOS users who prefer their shiny glass and aluminum backs while creating a low-cost iPhone 5 called the iPhone 5C for consumers who want a more affordable option.
This means that the iPhone 5S, as tech analysts and sites have called it for so long, will not take on the “S” this time but instead, a “C.” Instead of creating an additional line of iPhones, Apple will simply make the plastic iPhone the next-generation iPhone for all customers. There will be no iPhone 5S, for those of you that have been keen on calling it “5S.”
There are two other things that must be discussed with regard to the iPhone 5C. First, the device is named “5C” because it will be the color variant of the iPhone 5. The rumor that Apple will give different colors (red, blue, green, yellow, orange, gold, etc.) to the new iPhone 5 is correct. This means that, unlike years past, you will no longer have to choose between black or white for your iPhone color. Now, you will have a choice of multiple colors from which to select your next iPhone that will become the new expression of your identity. After all, smartphones are, like fashion, an extension of ourselves.
Last but not least, consumers want to know the cost. According to Current Editorials,
“The folks at Current Editorials suggest the budget iPhone will be priced at $349 for the 16GB version while the contract price is set to $99 with a 2-year contract. They also suggest this ‘iPhone 5C’ will be a refreshed iPhone 5 that will be available in an array of colors.”
For those who need to hear it again, the iPhone 5C will be this year’s “iPhone 5S” version – so there will not be a second iPhone announced at the Apple presentation this September. The iPhone 5C will thus be forever dubbed “the plastic iPhone 5” instead of the iPhone 5S.
It’s nice to see Apple condensing its iPhone work into one new product instead of two. If Wall Street is correct, Apple is currently toying around with the idea of larger iPads (perhaps a wider display for the iPad 5), while also contemplating the iPad Mini with Retina dilemma that is quickly turning problematic. Rumors are all over the place: some say Apple has partnered with LG Electronics, who will produce the panels, while other rumors say Apple will release a non-Retina iPad Mini this Fall and a Retina iPad Mini 2 in early 2014.
The new rumor about one iPhone, however, makes us wonder: is Apple planning to have an iPad explosion this Fall? Could we be looking at two or three iPad models: an iPad Mini 2, iPad 5, and iPad Maxi (I hope they do not use this name for it!)? With Apple, as always, anything’s possible.
Deidre Richardson is a long-time Apple fan and reports passionate about the latest Apple news and rumors.
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