Man, the rumors about iPhone 5 are all over the place. And let’s face it: this is Apple, and that’s the way it’s always going to be. But one aspect of the new device that hasn’t been addressed is its price. Will Apple go up in price due to new technology? Will they keep it the same, as they always have? Or might they even lower it, to be ultra competitive? Opinions, anyone?
Rumors, rumors, rumors. They’re stock in trade for Apple-focused journalists. There are rumors that suggest the iPhone 5 will have an edge-to-edge screen. There’s a pretty solid-sounding rumor that Sprint is getting its own iPhone 5, to compete with AT&T and Verizon. It may have an aluminum unibody. It will very likely be thinner than the more brick-like iPhone 4. Then there’s the rumors of advanced voice-operated controls. It goes without saying that the 5th-generation device will be faster than the 4th. Will it have a higher-res camera? Will it wash your windows and vacuum the floors???
But I can’t find a single substantial rumor regarding the iPhone 5 price. Apple traditionally upgrades its i-products once a year, while keeping the price of the new device the same as the old. The smartphone marketplace is getting more crowded by the day. Apple launched the iPad with competitive pricing, and hit a home run. Might they apply the same philosophy to the next generation of the world’s greatest phone?
And then there’s the iPhone 4S rumor. You know, the one that says Apple is also going to release a mid-range quality, modestly priced iPhone at the same time as the state-of-the-art iPhone 5. This does seem like something Apple would so, so I’m inclined to believe this one. An iPhone based on the iPhone 4 but priced in the $100 range would be a win-win for Apple. New iPhones, over the last few years, have been priced $199 for a lower memory version and $299 for maxed-out memory size. If Apple’s launching a lower-quality iPhone that’s $100 or less, there really wouldn’t be any reason to decrease the price of the flagship model.
Still, we can dream of a day when $50 iPhones become a reality, can’t we? They say that the more commonplace a technology becomes, the lower its prices dive. Look at flatscreen TVs; years ago they cost multiple thousands of dollars, but these days you can get a decent one for $500 or less.