The big tech news on Friday morning was Steve Ballmer’s retirement from Microsoft, but the news out of Redmond hasn’t stopped the iPhone rumor chatter.
This week, the rumor mill focused largely on whether Apple will produce a gold iPhone. Though some initially scoffed at the suggestion, more and more outlets are chiming in with confirmation that Cupertino will indeed go for the gold with its iPhone 5S. Moreover, several blogs posted leaked shots of the supposed gold iPhone, so get ready for that come Sept. 10.
We also got some insight into what the low-cost iPhone might cost, when new Apple smartphones might launch overseas, a look at a rumored feature on the iPhone 5C, and more. These tidbits join recent rumors, including a Sept. 10 launch date, no Siri on the iPhone 5C, a 128GB iPhone, sapphire crystal display, and more.
In this edition of Ask Maggie, CNET’s Marguerite Reardon offers some advice about buying an older iPhone in light of a new, less-expensive iPhone 5C potentially hitting the market.
As rumors heat up that Apple will likely introduce not one, but two new iPhones in September, consumers wonder what it means for the company’s traditional product discounting conventions.
While Apple has generally kept tight-lipped about the launch of its new iPhones, there are a few things that most Apple fans have been able to count on each year. One is that the company will introduce one new smartphone a year. And the second is that last year’s model will sell at a $100 discount and its 2-year-old version will be $200 less expensive than the new one — or it will be free with a two-year carrier contract.
But with the rumor that Apple will be introducing a high-end flagship iPhone, called the iPhone 5S, along with a lower-cost option called the iPhone 5C, consumers aren’t sure what to expect. Apple as usual has been mum. In this edition of Ask Maggie, I offer some advice to a wireless consumer wondering if he should buy the iPhone 4S now or wait. I also answer another reader’s question about buying insurance for her son’s new iPhone.
It’s almost here: Apple’s new iPhone, expected to be unveiled Sept. 10.
But for the first time ever, it may not be greeted by howls of excitement and big crowds when the doors open at the Apple store.
Will Fans Camp Out?
The launch of a new iPhone has always been an event, with so-called “fanboys” camping out for hours.
But maybe not this fall, says MSN Money, with the expected launch of the iPhone 5S, and cheaper plastic 5C.
MSN says the iPhone is no longer a “cultural phenomenon,” with Samsung and others building smartphones that are just as good.