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Topic # 127461 11-Aug-2013 13:32
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AllthingsD says Circle Sept 10 on your Calendar for Apple's Big iPhone Event.


One of the key questions is whether Apple adopts a new tactic to address the mid-range of the smartphone market. Historically, Apple has gone after those customers by offering its year-old and two-year-old models for US$100 and US$200 less than a new iPhone. However, there has been a great deal of talk that the company will debut a new lower-cost iPhone alongside whatever update it has in store for the current iPhone 5.

This has become something of a pattern for Apple, which typically debuts its software update at its June developer conference, tests it for a couple months, then shows the new hardware a couple weeks ahead of the new phone’s availability. The iOS update is also available for older models. Apple has already said that iOS 7 will work on many recent iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices.

Apple is also expected to formally launch the next version of Mac OS X, known as Mavericks, in the coming weeks, though that is not expected at the Sept. 10 event.


iPhone 5S anyone?






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  Reply # 875374 11-Aug-2013 14:39
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I'm starting to feel that they need to come up with something better than a 5S considering what LG have put on the table this week.

I will probably stick with the iPhone personally for the sake of consistency because I don't think anyone has yet come up with anything more integrated or user friendly than the iPad or MacBook Pro, but a lot of iPhone users will be starting to think about what else is out there.

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  Reply # 875376 11-Aug-2013 14:53
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I am interested to see what they do in the low/mid range. I find I use my iPad way more than my iPhone, so am looking for a cheap upgrade to my 3GS. Also thinking of an iPhone for my wife, and she is really hard on stuff so don't fancy shelling out a grand for a shattered wet brick...

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  Reply # 875396 11-Aug-2013 16:12
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freitasm: AllthingsD says Circle Sept 10 on your Calendar for Apple's Big iPhone Event.


One of the key questions is whether Apple adopts a new tactic to address the mid-range of the smartphone market. Historically, Apple has gone after those customers by offering its year-old and two-year-old models for US$100 and US$200 less than a new iPhone. However, there has been a great deal of talk that the company will debut a new lower-cost iPhone alongside whatever update it has in store for the current iPhone 5.

This has become something of a pattern for Apple, which typically debuts its software update at its June developer conference, tests it for a couple months, then shows the new hardware a couple weeks ahead of the new phone’s availability. The iOS update is also available for older models. Apple has already said that iOS 7 will work on many recent iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices.

Apple is also expected to formally launch the next version of Mac OS X, known as Mavericks, in the coming weeks, though that is not expected at the Sept. 10 event.


iPhone 5S anyone?




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  Reply # 875399 11-Aug-2013 16:34
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A lower priced iPhone would surely win Apple additional market share.

I wonder where Apple would do the launch if September 10 is indeed the date, I think their usual venue (Moscone Center) is booked out for Intel's Developer Forum. Unless Intel and Apple are cooking up something together...




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  Reply # 875412 11-Aug-2013 17:27
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paulspain: A lower priced iPhone would surely win Apple additional market share.

I wonder where Apple would do the launch if September 10 is indeed the date, I think their usual venue (Moscone Center) is booked out for Intel's Developer Forum. Unless Intel and Apple are cooking up something together...


They have used the auditoriums on campus before, but I wonder if they are big enough these days.

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  Reply # 875414 11-Aug-2013 17:55
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5S? I've got one, its a 5. A 5S, less what will probably be a decreasing incremental change. I dont want/need NFC, fingerprint sensor.

I'd be happy with just my 5 in a 4.8 version, with iOS7 adding some more old Android features than is currently happening.

I am getting cynical, but I agree with a previous poster, the smoothness, integration, app quality, etc will keep me with Apple. But I see no need to go for a 5S as I pretty much already have one. I value any iOS improvements far higher now.

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  Reply # 875427 11-Aug-2013 18:49
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tdgeek: 5S? I've got one, its a 5. A 5S, less what will probably be a decreasing incremental change. I dont want/need NFC, fingerprint sensor.


I tend towards replacing mine every two years because I've always felt that buying a new device every year is overkill.

So, the real question is not so much whether an iPhone 5 user will be compelled to upgrade, but whether a 4S user will be. I'm actually pretty happy with my 4S and it's in good condition so to be honest I may take some convincing this time around.

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Reply # 875428 11-Aug-2013 18:58
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will be an Iphone 5s for upmarket  and an Iphone 5v made of polycarbonate for the mid range market.




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  Reply # 875429 11-Aug-2013 19:00
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paulspain: A lower priced iPhone would surely win Apple additional market share.

I wonder where Apple would do the launch if September 10 is indeed the date, I think their usual venue (Moscone Center) is booked out for Intel's Developer Forum. Unless Intel and Apple are cooking up something together...


I though the lower price fone was the 3GG, 4 and 4S .  Still see plenty being advertized..




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  Reply # 875434 11-Aug-2013 19:20
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alasta:
tdgeek: 5S? I've got one, its a 5. A 5S, less what will probably be a decreasing incremental change. I dont want/need NFC, fingerprint sensor.


I tend towards replacing mine every two years because I've always felt that buying a new device every year is overkill.

So, the real question is not so much whether an iPhone 5 user will be compelled to upgrade, but whether a 4S user will be. I'm actually pretty happy with my 4S and it's in good condition so to be honest I may take some convincing this time around.


True, I should not have mentioned that I have a 5, my post was referring to the almost zero innovation Apple does now.  As someone mentioned above, others are innovating. Apple isn't. Apple do upgrade the OS, but even that's just catching up on old existing features found elsewhere. I'm not surprised that the board have told Tim Cook they want innovation.

4 or 4S user?  Probably better to get a 5, save money, or more storage than a 5S.

To me, the iPhone is less and less a reason to use Apple

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  Reply # 875436 11-Aug-2013 19:24
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I believe they need to think past just souping up an iPhone 5 and shoving an "S" on the end of the name

I been following the rumour sites and the most common themes I'm seeing is the launch of a cheaper (plastic) version. Also seen talk of a chipset that will support all the LTE bands

Got an iPhone 4 but needs to be something pretty good to get me to upgrade, I have my fingers crossed for a bigger screen

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old3eyes:
paulspain: A lower priced iPhone would surely win Apple additional market share.

I wonder where Apple would do the launch if September 10 is indeed the date, I think their usual venue (Moscone Center) is booked out for Intel's Developer Forum. Unless Intel and Apple are cooking up something together...


I though the lower price fone was the 3GG, 4 and 4S .  Still see plenty being advertized..


Yes, I read the other day that the 4 and 4S are really popular. What Apple could do is rename them as the junior members of the 5 series. Maybe add a cosmetic case change, minor stuff. Do what they can to have them as iOS7 compliant as possible. Make the 4 and 4S this years model. Perhaps bring the plastic casing in then. 

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  Reply # 875451 11-Aug-2013 19:30
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DjShadow: I believe they need to think past just souping up an iPhone 5 and shoving an "S" on the end of the name

I been following the rumour sites and the most common themes I'm seeing is the launch of a cheaper (plastic) version. Also seen talk of a chipset that will support all the LTE bands

Got an iPhone 4 but needs to be something pretty good to get me to upgrade, I have my fingers crossed for a bigger screen


Bigger screen, exactly, make the 2013 iPhone a 2013 phone not a 2011. All went well to the 4S. The 4 had retina, the 4S had Siri and a great still/video camera. Nice. The 5 had the "bigger screen", but that is overrated. Extra row of icons is marginally nicer. I can change brightness without scrolling, marginal. Web browsing is no better as the depth (horizontal is unchanged).

I am cynical with the iPhone now, iOS is slowly getting better but even that is behind. 

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  Reply # 875487 11-Aug-2013 21:08
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I'm personally not that concerned about iOS being 'behind' because I feel that I'm drowning in features and don't need any more. So for me it's not so much a question of whether I move to the competition, but more a question of whether it's worth bothering with an upgrade this year. I'm thinking probably not.

I know I've banged on about this in other threads, but what I really want Apple to do is focus on tightening up on some of the glitches and annoyances. The Facebook app is a perfect example - Apple went to a whole lot of trouble to integrate Facebook sharing into iOS yet they can't be bothered helping Facebook to fix their hopelessly flakey app.

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