There are a number of people that are hoping to see the iPhone 5 take a price cut when compared to the pricing of the 4S model, and this could be due to a weaker economy, or even because the previous iPhones have been priced too high in their opinion. Strangely enough you’ll also find buyers that love the higher price and it makes them feel like they’re getting something more expensive.
Could we see Apple launch a cheaper iPhone 5 in 2012, which is more than a discounted older model? The aging 4S model is likely to get a more attractive price later this year when we see a release date for the new iPhone 5, just like the 3G did last year, but some people might find this aging design too old for their liking and hope to see a new iPhone at a more competitive price that takes on certain Android smartphones.
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The exact iPhone 5 release date will never be known until a keynote launching the device arrives, any blogs claiming they know it are talking rubbish or have Apple’s CEO on speed dial, but the pricing structure of the next iPhone is a little more predicable. You should expect AT&T, Version Wireless, and other US carriers to attach a similar price for the iPhone 5, which would be around $199 (the same as the current 4S model). It’s worth noting we are also hearing that T-Mobile is likely to get the new iPhone in 2013.
It’s not that bad – considering the new specs expected with iPhone 5 the price is not that bad, and a lot of new technology is expected when the new iPhone arrives, although with Apple’s “watch and wait” approach to some tech you’ll see people complain about specs. Some people thought the 4S model had not been a true 5th generation upgrade, and this is the very reason the 6th generation expected in 2012 is commonly known as “iPhone 5“. The next phone should bring the biggest changes in a couple of generations, and that would also include a long needed design change. Having owned all generations of iPhone we welcome any change.
If you’re worrying the change will be too drastic then you have nothing to worry about, which is due to most leaked images, specs, and other rumors touting a slight change. You can expect the iPhone 5 to keep the same width but increase in length slightly, although you could see the edges redefined slightly to bring more design appeal. The new iOS 6 could be a change that’s enough for some people thanks to the massive amount of new features, although NFC is still being debated and looks like it might not be included.
Would you be happy to see the iPhone 5 release this year with a similar price to the 2011 model, or would you like to see a cheaper mini-iPhone launch as well?