We’re all pumped up about the upcoming iPhone 5 release. However, we have yet to receive official details regarding that from the guys at Cupertino which means that the rumor mill has the opportunity to spin at full speed, and by God, it is. Word on the internet is that Apple will be launching two iPhones this fall, one would be the successor to the iPhone 4 which the other will be a relatively cheaper iPhone based on the new iCloud services Apple launched at WWDC 2011.
For long we have heard reports from the inside that Apple has been considering making a low cost iPhone that would directly compete with most of the mid-range Android devices out in the market today. A report claiming to reflect information from people who are familiar with the matter has resurfaced rumors again that Apple is indeed working on a low cost iPhone, which is now being internally referred to as the iCloud iPhone.
It is expected that Apple will announce this device at the next generation iPhone launch event which is allegedly going to be held sometime in September. The specs of this iCloud iPhone would obviously not be at par with the iPhone 5 which is most definitely going to be faster than the iPhone 4 along with being thinner, lighter, tapered and housing more storage capacity.
Price point for the iCloud iPhone could be around $400 whereas the iPhone 5 will be retaining similar price point as that of the iPhone 4, being between $649 – $749. So what would make this iCloud iPhone cheaper than its big brother? There’s a huge probability that Apple would use components it already has used in the iPhone 4, considering the fact that they wouldn’t require as much testing as new components do and neither would they have to wait for their manufacturers to get done with their quality testing before the components are readied for production. Since the iPhone 4 components have already been in use for over a year now, producing the iCloud iPhone will definitely be cheaper as well as less troublesome for the Cupertinos.
There’s not much to be skeptical about here, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with Apple launching a low cost variant of the iPhone in order to capture a market segment that it has previously kept itself out of. The real question remains however, is which iPhone will you buy?