New phone would land beside next generation model
A new report to investors by Deutsche Bank AG’s (ETR:DBK) Chris Whitmore claims that Apple Inc.(AAPL) will offer a budget iPhone which retail for between $300 and $500 USD without a contract. Buyers will purchase prepaid calling cards for the device.
According to Mr. Whitmore, the budget iPhone is what will be likely called the “iPhone 4S”, not the fifth generation model. Many previously claimed to have inside knowledge that the fifth generation model would be named the “iPhone 4 GS” or “iPhone 4S”. The budget model would reportedly launch in September besides a fifth generation model (presumably named the iPhone 5).
Mr. Whitmore envisions the phone priced at around $350 USD — a mark he said would not hurt profitability. He writes, “Apple shipped (about 87 million) units over the past 2 years which suggests it has reached only 6% penetration of its current addressable subscribers. Looking forward, we believe Apple has room to run both in terms of greater market penetration as well as incremental carrier additions going forward.”
For those looking to get their hands on the beta 2 version of Apple’s iOS 5 operating system for iPhone and iPod touch, we can sum up our advice on the matter in one word: don’t. There’s no massive revelation about a defect in the beta, no discovered defect, no specific dire consequences.
But the mere fact that it’s a “beta” means that it’s officially unfinished. The entire point of the iOS 5 beta testing program is to allow iOS app developers to be the sacrificial lambs who slog through the incomplete version of iOS 5 so they can discover and report on everything that’s still wrong. And while others may want to get their hands on it because they just “can’t wait” until the fall for iOS 5 to officially arrive, be warned that it’s not the real thing. It’s dangerous, and even if it weren’t unfinished, it still wouldn’t be the real thing. The iOS 4.2 / iOS 4.2.1 saga of 2010 proved that.
Will the PS3 and the Xbox soon join the Atari 2600 and Colecovision?
There were once high hopes for video game consoles like the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii: They could be not only advanced, dedicated game playing machines but also disc players, movie rental stores, music centers, and communications consoles — so-called entertainment hubs.
But recently, it’s begun to look as if the video game console’s days are numbered.
And the beginning of the end was the iPhone.
The combination of technologies like motion and touch sensitivity in Apple’s smartphone, as well as cheap, plentiful apps, meant it was easy to offer simple, addictive games that could be played while you waited to board a plane or cooled your heels in the doctor’s office.