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Apple may release an iPhone mini priced under $250 this summer

By Shawn Knight
Jan 4, 2013
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  1. The latest Apple rumor to surface suggests the company is planning to release a budget version of the popular iPhone handset known as the iPhone mini. Such a rumor would have easily been squashed previously but since Cupertino released a...

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,676   +511

    iPhone form-factor in itself is already a mini compared to other phones out there today. Reducing the size further will be pointless, nobody needs it. In fact, iPhone has been losing its market to phones that had simply bigger screens and resolution. Lesson to be learned, and in the opposite direction - we want the next iPhone with the same iPhone 5 form, but an edge-to-edge screen, so they can have at least the full 720p on it.
    avoidz, Julien and Cueto_99 like this.
  3. The Internet

    The Internet Newcomer, in training

    Apple releasing a $250 iPhone Mini will not help it gain market share. Actually, such a device would go against everything Apple stands for. Apple sells premium mobile electronics. Compare the price of an i5 Windows laptop with an i5 Macbook Air. The Air will certainly be several hundred dollars more expensive, and that still leaves the i5 Macbook Pro.

    With every iPhone release for the last few years, Apple has offered the newly-outdated models for $99. Now, a phone that is $250 without a contract is a different story, but it would end up being one of 2 things: A phone with VERY bad and outdated specifications (such as the iPad Mini, which under the skin is actually an iPad 2) or A phone which Apple will sell at cost and not make money out of it. This scenario REALLY goes against Apple's ways, especially when you compare the amount it costs them to build an I device versus what they sell it for.

    It's good to know that Apple is more open-minded about offering devices in different sizes at varying price points, but, in my opinion, Apple needs to shake up their software more than their hardware. A more customizable iOS experience would be a great start, but asking Apple to loosen its grip of control is as likely as hell freezing over. iOS is basically the same experience it's been since 2007, hence, it's very stale.
    avoidz and Julien like this.
  4. Julien

    Julien TechSpot Member

    I completely agree. I recently picked up a Samsung Note 2 at the end of my contract. My Iphone 4S is quick and still running a great ios as far as I am concerned but the tiny screen got boring after three years of iphones for me. I am looking forward to the day that the Iphone becomes wider.

  5. alexander49

    alexander49 Newcomer, in training

    Today's Apple isn't Jobs' Apple.
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  6. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 900   +99

    I remember seeing prototypes of this thing almost 2 years ago, figure Apple decided to can the project because who the hell wants a small smart phone, counter intuitive if you ask me. Anyways, a co-worker managed to order two from a Chinese site, it then took 6 months for him to get them. At which point it was obvious why this never came to be. Slow, hard to navigate with the smaller screen and battery life was horrible. Perhaps Apple has put some new hardware in it, honestly I could care less, because the sheeple Apple fans will buy one to complement their full size iPhones because for the price, its cheap Apple tech, and unfortunately thats all that matters to some people.
  7. Gars

    Gars TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 228

    some people needs to go outside ;)
    whats wrong to get a $250 for free?
  8. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,050   +699

    Yes, but what has Apple learned after releasing an iPhone 5 with marginal new features over the 4S, and an iPad mini without a retina screen? Every time Apple releases a new product there are news stories about the lines outside the stores, there's the hype about the product, there's the boost in revenue (notice the stock price doesn't always go up though... hmm..). Why should they stop? Next will be the iPad Mini Retina... if they can put small variances in their products and sell them all as people fill out their collection, then why stop?

    It won't gain market share, but the phones will sell. Anyway... $250 for the latest iGadget is a steal.
  9. Ultraman1966

    Ultraman1966 Newcomer, in training Posts: 72

    Apple could sell a turd in a box if they wanted. I do think a smaller iPhone is silly though, it's just not acceptable for 2013 on a premium product. Unless they really sell it for 250usd but then is it still Apple?
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  10. Pan Wah

    Pan Wah TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 134   +27

    I'm going to hold out for the iTurd ;)
  11. GunsAblazin

    GunsAblazin Newcomer, in training Posts: 74

    Apple will definitely make an iPhone mini. The iPad mini is evidence that they're trying to cover all price points, not just high end or contract based. The prepaid market is getting larger and more attractive to people wanting better quality smartphones on a budget. News of Sprint starting a pay-as-you-go service (http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/04/sprint-confirms-pay-as-you-go-service/) is even more evidence that the market is changing.
     
  12. After apple scientists at R&D spent large of money and time to innovate their new iPhone with longer display (add another row of icon).. now, they want to shorten it as iPhone mini..

    ..next year, apple will introduce new lineup of their phone called iPhone nano
  13. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,454   +620

    Maybe Apple has a surplus of iPhone 4S's ..? :)
  14. Zahar

    Zahar Newcomer, in training

    FAKE!!! it's FAKE. Same news cameup at 2007 by NYtimes. I don't believe it
  15. avoidz

    avoidz TechSpot Maniac Posts: 454   +54

    "couldn't care less...." FTFY


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