The Rumor that refuses to die: An iPhone for $99
Let’s do a “best of” iPhone rumor list:
1) Flash on iPhone
2) iPhone in China
3) $99 iPhone
The great thing about predicting anyone of the top three iPhone rumors is that sooner or later you’ll be right. It is a little like predicting tomorrow will be cooler than today. IT might take a sometime but sooner or later the temperature will drop and you’ll be correct. Once that happens you can amaze your friends by your psychic powers.
Today’s predictor of the predictable is Mike Abramsky. He predicts Apple will release a cheaper iPhone with scaled back features to appeal to a broader base. That is undoubtably what most companies would do but Apple doesn’t always go down the most predictable path. Where’s the mid priced expandable tower every other computer manufacturer sells in Apple’s Mac lineup? And you surely remember that TIm Cook said that Apple wasn’t interested in competing in the low cost phone game.
Mike Abramsky seems certain that the low priced iPhone is Apple’s next move. So certain that he’s got the specs for both the as yet unrevealed cheap iPhone and a new flagship iPhone. Specs that are in a readable chart in the article at Cnet.
With regard to the $99 iPhone, why would Apple want to go backwards with product development? For as long as I can remember Apple (even in the bad years) didn’t reduce a currently shipping product just to grab the quick buck.
It would make more sense for Apple to keep the current version of the iPhone and then release a Super-iPhone in June with a higher price tag and better features. Thus giving people the choice of the preceived high & low end iPhones. At which point AT&T would play with the numbers $99 for the current model with 2yr subscription, $299 for the Super-iPhone with subscription & possibly the holy-grail: Unlocked Super-iPhone at full Apple retail price.
It never ceases to amaze me how the rumor starters wish for Apple to produce low end/lower quality products in an effort to be like other companies in the industry. Even Apple’s low-end Mac: the Mac Mini is a premium product and is only lacking accessories but not the Apple quality.
RB I agree. Apple rarely goes backward with product development. Making todays iPhone $99 seems like something the company would do if they had an even better model for $199.
Making a craptastic phone just to hit a price point? Seems unlikely to me.