Apple’s decision to launch a low-end iPhone 4 and high-end iPhone 5 this September is not the big change everyone expects, when we’re talking about the current situation with iPhone models. The new iPhone 4 and 5th-generation device will be like the current iPhone 3GS and 4th-gen models on the market today, although the specs will be changed on both models.
The 5th-generation iPhone will be a major redesign and an upgrade worthy of those that love to have the best features, and are willing to pay the price for them. Android phone owners should seriously look at what Apple has on offer for them come September, the new iPhone 4 release will be cheaper and aimed directly at the Android owner, add to that the features of iOS 5 on a cheap iPhone 4 device, Apple could be on to a winner.
Some people will be hoping that Apple will reduce the cost of parts in the iPhone 4 so that the new low-end device released in 2-months is at a price point that really rocks the market; the importance of this should not be underestimated. Some families have the parents owning a high-end Apple iPhone and the children owning cheaper Android devices, this family can save money if all the family had the same OS and shared apps. If Apple releases the low-end iPhone 4 at the right price, this problem will be solved and all the family can save money with iOS apps on all the devices.
The latest Apple rumors hitting the web confirm what we’ve believed for some time; there will be two iPhone models released in 2011. As we said above, the success of the new iPhone 4 will be determined by price. We also expect both devices to look completely different to give more incentive for the “high-end” iPhone 5. It will be interesting to see what changes are made to the new iPod touch, also expected this September. How much closer, in terms of specs, could the iPod touch get to the iPhone?
The name of the low-end device may change slightly to not be confused with the current iPhone 4; the reason for this is one of price. So the rumors of an iPhone 4S may not be too far from the truth, the current 3GS costs more than many cheap Android phones so the new low-end iPhone will need some big changes to reduce it’s cost, if Apple wish this device to take a chunk of the Android market.
Will you be buying a new iPhone in 2011, and if so will it be high-end or low-end? What price would a cheaper iPhone 4 need to be for you to part with cash?