Here’s an unwelcome kick in the trousers for your Sunday morning – the cheap iPhone 5S so many of us are hankering after might not in fact be nearly as cheap as we hoped. Yep, those sitting on their modest wads in the hope of scoring a $250 or $300 iPhone 5S might be wise to start saving a little harder, or consider looking elsewhere.
The device that has the tech community across most of the world in a frenzy is this year’s fantastic-plastic low-calorie iPhone 5S, which could potentially be called the iPhone Mini.
Or then there’s the possibility that we might see both – as in an iPhone 5S and a cheaper iPhone Mini, but to be honest the idea of multiple iPhones set to launch at the same time still isn’t sitting well in terms of realistic logic.
But back to the point, according to the latest round of reports the cheaper iPhone will eventually launch for a price of $350 to $400…a fair-whack more than we’d come to expect.
According to Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets, the iPhone Mini…as he refers to the device…will hit the market at the same time as another iPhone this coming July.
“We also learned the pricing could be a bit higher than our recently raised expectation, reaching as high as $400,” according to his most recent investors note. “As such, we are now projecting a $350 to $400 price point for the ‘iPhone mini.’ We believe this price point will provide relief for those investors concerned that Apple would be sacrificing too much margin or brand to serve the lower price band of the smartphone market.”
The trouble is, were even only the most credible publications out there to be believed, this summer we’d be seeing at least four new iPhones, an iPad Mini 2, an iPad 5 and an iWatch – without factoring in any iPod, Mac Pro or MacBook refreshes. There really never has been a bigger projected iOS roadmap for 2013 which at this stage you’d be as well off closing your eyes and throwing a dart at to help you decided what to hedge your best on.
Multiple iPhones however…no. Just no.