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The recent rumours about Apple releasing a cheap iphone 4 version seem to losing even more traction lately. Many blogs and sites are continuing on the actions of Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller, who told Chinese newspaper Shanghai Evening News in a recent interview that “cheap smartphones will never be the future of Apple products“. Whether Mr Schiller’s remarks are regarded Apple wide will remain to be seen.
Reuters and other highly prominent sources have reported that Apple has since dismissed the rumours and have denied subsequent reports. The chance though that Apple has considered a cheaper iPhone range, in light of the recent iPad mini, is not too much of a stretch of the imagination. Additionally it could be that Apple had concept work done on a smaller, cheaper iPhone, and subsequently cancelled the project.
It is still to be seen though if the cheap iPhone version will ever see light. Also it isn’t too hard to get an iPhone 4s for $0 on a cheap 24 month contract these days, especially since the iPhone 5 launch, so the need for a cheap iPhone version may not be such a high appeal item.
For all those who weren’t up real early this morning, you may have missed the buzz around Apple’s updates to it’s product line at the Worldwide Developers Conference. Focusing on the Macbook Pro, it looks like the changes are more than just a simple speed and battery life increase. Some of the main features include the long discussed upgrade to a retina display which is likely to become the standard for most Apple products. With pixel sizes that are individually invisible to the naked eye, the overall display is well received as being very crisp and easy to read in many lighting conditions. The weight is likely to come down to around 2KGs which is still heavier than other Windows based laptops but, when you consider the overall build quality, is quite an achievement. Making use of Intel’s newest architecture, the newer Macbook Pros will feature an i7 third generation processor and can be upgraded to a total of 16GB of RAM. 3 USB 3.0 connections will be available (backwards compatible with most legacy USB equipment), though we generally prefer four, but there is an HDMI connector which is a much welcomed addition.
It will be an interesting test to see if people are willing to pay the expected $2499 RRP in Australia at launch or await the inevitable price drop. Especially considering you can get very good Windows laptops for under the thousand dollar mark including extended 3 year’s warranty and typically a host of other features packed in including gaming graphics chips. As many companies are epxressing, the drop in consumer purchase growth with overall computer sales growth just 1.9 percent in the first quarter of this year. Apple is currently the third top computer maker in the USA with around a 10.6 share of the market, and is still out of the top 5 worldwide computer makers such as IBM and Dell (not including tablets).
Well that day has come surprisingly quick for the world’s first iPhone 4s release – Australia! Today, the 14th October, Apple will officially start retailing the supped up iPhone 4 sporting, amongst other things, a better battery and camera. Is it worth it to those already using an iPhone 4? Probably not if you aren’t due for an upgrade. If your plan is up soon though it may be worth seeing what your carrier can do for you. Keep in mind that the demand for the new iPhone 4s has surprised even Apple and stock is going to be extremely tight. Even Telstra staff have been told to wait over 2 weeks until they can get their staff discounted items. Optus is trying to gain further traction in the market by offering discounted iPhone 4s plans, though for the additional $5 or so a month we would prefer to stick with Telstra’s superior network. For those who pre-ordered through one of the major carriers the chance of receiving the iPhone 4s in the short term is relatively good, but for those that miss out and are left empty handed in one of Apple’s stores, the wait may not be too bad with many of the component manufacturers, such as Foxconn, reporting they will have no issues meeting Apple’s supply demands. The iPhone 4s will be an interesting launch too with Samsung fiercely trying to disrupt the launch and tout their Galaxy range of phones, though their recent injunction against them for their tablet, delivered by the Supreme Court, may dent their market strategy in the short term. All in all the competition should benefit customers and innovation alike.
Just looking through today’s paper and noticed that JB Hi-Fi is having a sale on iPad 2s. All models of WiFi and 3G versions seem on sale so may be a good time to get one if you have been deliberating. As always there are cheaper prices overseas just keep in mind Apple may not accept warranty claims on OS bought iPads (and other Apple products for that matter) and also any sales disputes can be a bit of a pain to get resolved. Not sure on the stock levels Jbs would be carrying so recommend giving them a call first. You can get their number and locations from the website and I won’t post a link here as I am sure you can work out their website yourself – and if you can’t I would have to ask how you made it this far…. Also check out the Pinball game on iPad 2, sheer enjoyment. Enjoy.
PS Feel free to comment below where you have found a great price on your Apple devices.
Well the inital release of the iPad 2 in America seems to have gone very well with an expected unit sale of over half a million units. The initial iPad kick started the tablet market again and mamanged to convince a number of competitors to release their own tablet products. Although many fans of the Android based tablet devices spurn their apparent superiority to Apple’s offerings, in truth, none have managed to capture the market as well as the iPad. As is typical in the technical field it is generally better to be an inovater and not an imitator with first to market technologies. More will be revealed between now and the March 25th iPad 2 Australian release.