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In the coming months, we will see Apple in an all new avatar. Until now, the Cupertino-based tech giant is targeting only high-net individuals with its iPhone. Now according to multiple reports, there are chances to see Apple making its debut in mid segment smartphone market with low cost iPhone. Currently, this mid end market is dominated by Samsung and Google and Micromax in India.
Earlier in the year, Tim Cook signaled many more interesting products to be rolled out later this year. While, Apple CEO did not mention anything during subsequent events; however, Apple is always known for its secretive nature. Consequently, its upcoming devices somehow leaked before making their debut via supply chain insiders.
The Apple fanboys have already seen the new version of iOS, which itself means new hardware are coming sooner or later. So, there is no doubt that Apple is not making next-gen iPhone or even a low cost phone to cut competition.
Apple's foray into mid segment market with an affordable iPhone is clearly meant to hit Samsung. The South Korean giant not only controls this ever growing market in collaboration with Google, but also maintained its lead over number of tech vendors.
According to a report, Samsung held 4 % of the smartphone market share, back in 2010. On the other hand, Apple was way ahead than Samsung with 16 % in 2010. In 2012 (October - December), Samsung notched 29 % of smartphone market, while Apple stood at 22 %. Since last year, Samsung saw an impressive jump due to hell number of launches. From low end Galaxy Star phone to Galaxy S4, this tech vendor even eclipsed Nokia in the Indian market.
Apple is unknown to lower segment market. The iPad market never ever tried to be competitive. But now the situation is different. Steve Jobs name is not enough to sell devices. The company's iPhone 5 registered decent sales, but they are not up to the mark.
Earlier Google was only present in search. Now the maker of Nexus devices elevated itself to the rank of Apple due to Android OS. The software giant now controls 75 % of smartphone OS market.
In this feature we will talk about rumors surrounding iPhone 5S and low cost iPhone. Multiple reports suggest that due to production issues iPhone 5S has been delayed until October. The phone will arrive in similar package ( iPhone 5)with a 4-inch display.
This time around the screen will be manufactured by Sharp. Another big feature of the iPhone 5S would be its camera. We have started getting clues of brand new imaging technology in the making. The next-gen iPhone is said to be flaunt same aluminum finish. According to one report, we may see a fingerprint sensor too. Apple will introduce a new color (Gold) to differentiate from HTC One.
iPhone 5S is set to debut on September 20, claims IBTimes. There is no confirmation as such. Popular tech writer Dave Smith calculated iPhone 5S release date based on past trends and Apple's traditional nature.
Talking about low cost iPhone, it is said to be cheaper than next-gen iPhone. Apple won't see the device under Rs. 15,000, as per reports. The phone will be made from plastic and should be made available in colorful options. Let's see the top most discussed features of iPhone 5S along with low cost iPhone.
iPhone 5S – Display
Apple could use Sharp made IGZO display: a superior LCD panel with that resolution of 2560 x 1600 at 498ppi. It is believed that the production has already started last month. The tech giant could go for either a 4-inch display or 4.8-inch one. No one has confirmed the exact display size.
iPhone 5S – Third Color option
Macotakara claimed that that Apple is expected to introduce third color option. Industry analysts' bet, a new Gold colored iPhone 5S will be unleashed later this year. Leaks regarding colored (Silver /Golden) SIM -card trays have already signaled a new color option soon.
iPhone 5S – Fingerprint Sensor
Sources close to Taiwanese website TechNews now claim that Apple could use Sapphire glass to make its traditional home button capacitive in nature. Report further says that the Cupertino-based tech giant has plans to use fingerprint technology sensor to make the device secure.
iPhone 5S – Front facing camera
FanaticFone got its hands on some rare images of front -facing camera to be used in the forthcoming iPhone 5S. Apple is looking to make iPhone 5S camera a great deal in the coming days to come. Watch this space for more.
iPhone 5S – Batteries
Nowhereelse.fr recently published some of the images of batteries made for the iPhone 5S. It is hard to say whether they are made for the next-gen iPhone or not. Even the information about their capacity / size is yet to be confirmed. Surely, it's time to see large capacity batteries to be used in the next -gen iPhone.
Low Cost iPhone - Plastic Carbonate shell
Images of low -cost iPhone featuring plastic rear back shells were surfaced a short while ago.First noticed by Nowhereelse.fr, these plastic shells are shown (see image) in different colors. This means that in real Apple is planning to jazz up iPhone in colorful Red, Blue, Green , Yellow besides standard Black color.
Low Cost iPhone – Qualcomm Chip
Macotakara is now claiming that the low cost iPhone could use Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. Apple will most likely to used TSMC for manufacturing 28nm chips. Nothing has been finalized yet.
Low Cost iPhone – iPhone 3GS like design ?
It is believed that low -cost iPhone is said to resemble iPhone 3GS in term of design. So ‘Curvy Design' is back?
Low Cost iPhone – Mid segment device
Pegatron CEO T.H. Tung told shareholders that low-cost iPhone won't sell for cheap, as everyone is anticipating. It is right to categorize "iPhone Lite" in the mid-end segment. Is it true or just another rumor ?