Here’s a theory to chew over – what if the affordable iPhone the world’s been dreaming of is already here? What if there won’t ever be an iPhone Mini or iPhone 5S release date because frankly there’s absolutely no point?
Rumors abound that Apple is gearing up at least two iPhone launches for this year – one being the cheapest-ever iPhone 5S / iPad Mini and the other being the full-fat iPhone 6. Most seem to be in agreement that an affordable iPhone 5S is crucial for Apple to win over developing markets and those insistent on bang-for-buck, with the iPhone 6 will of course appeal to those willing to pay top-dollar for the latest bells and whistles.
There’s one rather glaring discrepancy in all of the above however – what exactly would the point be for Apple to build an all-new iPhone 5S when they could instead simply reduce the price of a past-generation iPhone, like the iPhone 4S or the iPhone 4? Think about it – they already have access to an infinite arsenal of components, the recipe has been perfected and not a penny would have to be spent on researching the thing.
Given the fact that Apple’s apparent spending on research for the next version of the iPhone is reportedly the lowest of recent years, could it be that there is in fact no iPhone 5S? Maybe it’s already here and scheduled to be re-launched this summer for a bargain price.
This would also seem to tally with Tim Cook’s comments that Apple would not be launching a “crappy” product aimed at developing markets – he could have been blowing smoke and stepping around the fact that the affordable iPhone in question is already here.
And with so many efforts focused on the iPhone 6, the iWatch and the eventual Apple TV release date, wouldn’t it make perfect sense to keep the world busy with a cheap iPhone the company could throw together with ease?
Dissect all of the above as you will, but I for one am 100% convinced that the so-called affordable iPhone 5S is already here.