One of the biggest questions surrounding the iPhone 5S and its eventual summer release date is that of whether or not will forego inclusion of a Retina display panel in order to keep costs down. We keep hearing about the so-called affordable iPhone 5S with stripped back specs and features, which in turn has sparked massive debate as to exactly how stripped back said specs will be.
And of course, using a past-generation display with lower resolution would seem to be a no-brainer, but in reality this isn’t likely to prove the case at all.
Had the iPhone 5S launch come about last year then things would have been rather different. It wasn’t long ago that the iPhone’s Retina display was the most sought-after and revered on the face of the mobile tech market for the simple reason that it stood head and shoulders above its rivals. As such, the idea of a cheap iPhone sporting such technology would have been largely ludicrous.
Today however, the iPhone 5’s Retina display which is frankly Apple’s finest to date is pretty much only just in line with a growing arsenal of mid-range Android Smartphones – it’s nowhere near the top of the pile. As such, in order for the affordable iPhone 5S to launch with enough appeal to justify its expected mid-range price tag, it will have to launch with a mid-range screen.
Apple’s Retina panel has become decidedly mid-range, so you can pretty much bet your life on the cheap (er) iPhone 5S coming with a Retina panel.
That is of course assuming that the iPhone 5S even exists, which logically speaking is a no-brainer but for all intents and purposes could be nothing more than elaborate hear-say. The world has been crying out for a cheaper iPhone ever since the first-generation version landed years ago, but we’ve come to know Apple as a rather closed entity where the public isn’t exactly given what it wants, but rather told what it wants and summarily convinced to buy it by the million.
The iPhone 5S release date has apparently been earmarked for June – the iPhone 6 having been held back for a 2014 launch.