Analyst Says iPhone 5C Won’t Have Siri But Will Still Make Money For Apple

Analyst Says iPhone 5C Won’t Have Siri But Will Still Make Money For Apple

Apple’s September 10 media event has created quite a stir in the blogosphere and everyone wants to throw in his/her two cents’ as to what the firm from Cupertino would be dishing out during the festivities. Surely the event will be about the fruit company’s next gen iPhone 5S but aside from this, and what I think is more interesting, Apple may also unveil its hotly-rumored low-budget iPhone 5C.

We’re pretty sure the iPhone 5S will follow the path of other “S” releases from Apple, meaning we can expect bumped up specs for the new mobile handheld, i.e. a faster processor, more RAM, improved camera optics, a fingerprint sensor, etc…but the thing I want to know more about (as you may also want too) is the firm’s iPhone for the masses which is Apple’s dark horse in the mobile market fray.

iMage from MacRumors

From Piper Jaffray (via AppleInsider):

We expect the iPhone 5S to include a fingerprint sensor with a basic unlocking feature, but do not believe the sensor will be built into iOS 7 enough to introduce a feature like secure payments as we believe that Authentec has only been a part of Apple for less than one year. We believe that payments could be a key feature of the next version of iOS in 2014.

Yup.  Almost everybody agree on these specs…

Again, from Piper Jaffray (via AppleInsider):

In terms of the phone itself, we expect the cheaper phone to have a plastic casing, 4″ display, and lower end internal specs (processor, camera, memory, etc.) than the 5S/5 line up. Additionally, we believe that Apple may exclude some software features, such as Siri, which we note was not an option on the iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 upon launch.

This one I find a bit strange – excluding Siri from a Siri-capable iPhone just to differentiate it from its high-end sibling.  I have to disagree on this one and say that the iPhone 5C will have Siri but will lack the high-end features of the iPhone 5S, like the fingerprint sensor, for instance.

The main selling point of the iPhone 5C is its “low price”- remember?

Speaking of price, the analyst says $300 would be a fair for the low-cost iPhone 5C.

Agree? What do you think?

In our present economy where every dollar counts, I believe Apple is on the right track if it wants to stay relevant in a market now dominated by cheap Android phones.

No brainer, really: cheap Android phone vs. iPhone 5C.

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