AppleNApps claims that according to their sources “who are all connected to Apple in different capacities”, Apple will also launch a cheaper iPhone along with iPhone 5.
According to AppleNApps, the cheaper iPhone will have significantly reduced onboard storage and will rely on iCloud – Apple’s new cloud based services. The model is called iCloud iPhone internally.
We have three independent sources contributing to this report who are all connected to Apple in different capacities. The main takeaway is that Apple intends to launch two iPhone models in the fall with a full upgraded iPhone 5 as expected, as well as a cheaper iPhone which will be the iCloud iPhone.
AppleNApps also provide some details of what to expect in the next generation iPhone – iPhone 5. They claim that iPhone 5 will be thinner and feature the faster dual-core A5 chip, which currently powers iPad 2, dual-band Qualcomm chip that will support both GSM and CDMA networks. According to them, Apple will also make some minor changes to address the iPhone 4 antenna issue that generated a lot of negative publicity.
Their source has provided them with the following details about the cheaper iPhone:
One of our contacts is familiar with the design of the iPhone 4, and says that Apple is cutting the cost of making an iPhone 4 without sacrificing any of its qualities. The main cost cutting will come from Apple reducing on board storage, using a smoother yet cheaper aluminum back and siding, and already having a majority of the supplies on hand. The result will be a cloud based iPhone experience that is unique in the market that will be accessible to a large percentage of users because of the price point.
This is not the first time we’re hearing about a cheaper iPhone. Back in February, a report had also claimed that Apple was working on a cheaper iPhone, which could be priced at $200 without requiring a contract .
But as MacRumors points out, there are couple of reasons why the theory of a cheaper iPhone, which relies on cloud based storage is flawed:
One potential flaw in the idea that Apple will be introducing a cloud-based iPhone in the near future is related to Apple’s implementation of iCloud, which is much more of a syncing service than a streaming service. Apple has presented iCloud as a distributed system in which a master copy of any given file resides in the cloud but is also duplicated on each device and kept in sync with that master copy, which itself can be updated based on changes made on any associated device.Â
The vision of a cloud-based iPhone with little onboard storage would require that that master copy be passed down to the device only as needed, functionality that Apple has not yet shown with iCloud and iOS 5. Aside from any technical considerations for the streaming model, such an arrangement would putÂ significant strainÂ on wireless carriers charged with moving that data down from the cloud every time it is needed.
AppleNApps was only a day off in predicting the release date for Mac OS X Lion and new Macbook Airs.
According to AppleNApps, Apple will launch the cheaper iPhone with iPhone 5, which is expected to be released later this fall and will be the star of the show.
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[via AppleNApps, MacRumors]
Source: Rumor: Apple May Also Launch a Cheaper ‘iCloud iPhone’ Along With iPhone 5