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Comments on news posted 2013-04-05 08:35:54: According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Apple is getting ready to fire up production of two new iPhone models: an updated successor to the iPhone 5, and a smaller, cheaper iPhone to be aimed squarely at more cost-conscious users. ..

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skeechan
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Yawn

Upgrade fatigue, not really caring what Apple and Samsung are up to in mobility these days. Waiting for the next revolution, passing on evolution.



Mike
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Apple Maps is still atrocious and Android still has a laggy interface.

Nothing has changed. Boring.



gigahurtz
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What's the point of a cheaper iPhone?

I'm really not sure I understand the business model behind a "cheaper iPhone". I feel like the current model of discounting older models is a great model. A lower priced model will probably be equivalent to last years model anyway.

I agree with others as well -- I have cell phone model upgrade fatigue. There are so many announcements and phones being introduced it's actually getting quite old. I love all the technology, but the market is just flooded and nothing really wows anymore (perhaps because we see so much now).



inteller
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Apple can't scale.

Up till now last year's model was the "cheaper model" Now they are going to try with a "new cheap" model. It won't work. People buy iPhones for the quality. At this point if people aren't buying iPhones it is because they don't want one, not because they can't afford one. The exceptions are India and CHina where Apple is getting its ass handed to it by Windows Phone and Android....but the large difference there is Nokia is producing quality and affordable phones and enough people are getting them to realize the OS really is better than iOS.
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Cheese
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reply to Mike

Re: Yawn

said by Mike:

Android still has a laggy interface.

And this mentality usually comes from people who haven't used it recently


Metatron2008
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reply to Mike

said by Mike:

Android still has a laggy interface.

Did I take a time warp to 2010?


Mike
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reply to Cheese

Looking at a S3 right now.

It's slow. Sorry.



Metatron2008
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Re: What's the point of a cheaper iPhone?

Probably bringing back the iphone 3gs to take the place of the iphone 4/4s, which will maximize revenue.



IowaCowboy
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Cheaper iPhone

The cheaper iPhone will probably target the prepaid market where people refuse to pay $649 (and up) for a phone.

I'll stick with my iPhone 5 until I'm upgrade eligible 18 months from Dec 2012 (when I bought my current iPhone 5).

As long as the phone accesses the VZW LTE network, its fine by me. That LTE network is like a mobile cable modem although it is a battery killer. I have to charge my phone every night or I'll be stuck on the go without a phone.
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LightS
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said by IowaCowboy:

As long as the phone accesses the VZW LTE network, its fine by me. That LTE network is like a mobile cable modem although it is a battery killer.

I don't find LTE to be a battery killer on my Sprint iPhone 5. In fact it's quite good. Average use I can go two days... heavy use (rare) it'll still easily last to the end of the work day and more.


IowaCowboy
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I have more than once been caught on the go with a dead battery and you can't plug a car charger into public transportation.



LightS
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That's weird, I wonder if it's a VZW iPhone issue. I consider myself a fairly heavy user from 8-5 (work iphone) and I usually end the day with anywhere from 40-60% on an average day.. 20% on heavy usage day.



Paulg
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I guess that makes me a VERY heavy user. It's both my work and personal phones, so I'm lucky if its not on the charger in the afternoon.



LightS
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It might depend on location or if it's constantly looking for a signal as well - I have great LTE reception at work. However, if I'm in Dallas and have low signal levels or it's switching between 3g/LTE, it drains significantly faster which is to be expected. I send/receive large amounts of e-mail every day & use it for scheduling purposes as well & frequent phone calls. Pretty decent battery life though. It outdoes my Android phone by far..



IowaCowboy
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It could be a VZW issue as the other half of VZW is CDMA and CDMA is a battery killer. Sometimes my phone connects to EVDO instead of LTE (especially in the Northampton/Amherst area and up in Maine). GSM is gentler on batteries than CDMA.



LightS
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said by IowaCowboy:

It could be a VZW issue as the other half of VZW is CDMA and CDMA is a battery killer. Sometimes my phone connects to EVDO instead of LTE (especially in the Northampton/Amherst area and up in Maine). GSM is gentler on batteries than CDMA.

Sprint is CDMA as well.

bn1221

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That probably because Sprint is mostly 3G CDMA

Expand your moderator at work


Cheese
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Re: Yawn

No shit, I hear that other places too, and it usually comes from an Apple user



Transmaster
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Re: Cheaper iPhone

What is not being reported is this cheaper iPhone is intended for the Chinese market and is not slated at this time to sell Stateside.


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reply to Paulg

said by Paulg:

I guess that makes me a VERY heavy user. It's both my work and personal phones, so I'm lucky if its not on the charger in the afternoon.

That does make a difference. In my case the big killer is that I use VOIP for my home line and I'm on LTE.

Constant refresh to the server = dead battery (on LTE) in about three hours.

NefCanuck

weaver0

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This. I've noticed that this is the biggest contributing factor on battery drain on the iphone. Travelling from PA to FL via 95, my battery will die in half the time of normal routine - with less use. It has to be the constant switching of towers and hunting 3g/edge



Frank
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Re: What's the point of a cheaper iPhone?

three reasons

1. make current iphone5 a mid range product
2. make non lightning ports obsolete thereby earning more money on everybody have to buy new accessories
3. go after low end market and maybe mvnos (like senior citizens that want an iphone but balk at paying more than $50 a month for postpaid or more than $199 for a phone via prepaid and have too much problems learning android)

i base #3 on what ive seen so far with most peoples parents

i base



battleop

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Re: Yawn

I tried using Apple's navigation last week while on vacation. The route that Siri picked for me took me down a dangerously winding and narrow road in the dark for 6 miles when there was a 4 lane highway that ran parallel to the same location that was 4 miles long.
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Mike
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Siri has almost killed me twice so far. Luckily I only used it for about 2 days in area that I know.



battleop

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Good thing I didn't get the phone for Siri. That dumb bitch can't hear for shit.



MovieLover76

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reply to Mike

Looking at a Nexus 4 right now, any slight delay is Samsung's bloated touchwiz UI. Also I use an iPad 3 and I'm sorry but apps take just as long to load if not longer.

I have no lag whatsoever. Also apple users tend to notice one slight delay in Android and say it's slow, but ignore any delay's on iOS because they believe the very outdated Android is slow meme.



MovieLover76

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Re: Cheaper iPhone

I still fail to see why charging every night is considered such a hassle, if a phone lasts me the entire day until I go to bed I'm good. Maybe other people do, but I don't normally use my phone while I'm sleeping.



MovieLover76

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reply to IowaCowboy

It's not that CDMA is that much more of a battery killer for Verizon phones, but that most Verizon's LTE phone's with the exception of the iPhone are always connected to both CDMA for voice and LTE for data.

GSM phone's only connect to LTE, and drop back to HSPA+ for voice and data at the same time when calls are received.

CDMA/LTE can't do that because unlike HSPA/LTE which is based on the same GSM ancestor, CDMA/LTE is a cobbling together of two completely imcompatible networks.



Cheese
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said by MovieLover76:

I still fail to see why charging every night is considered such a hassle, if a phone lasts me the entire day until I go to bed I'm good. Maybe other people do, but I don't normally use my phone while I'm sleeping.

Because the fruity one has spoiled the sheeple...

And I am with you, I put my S3 on charge every night. It's my alarm clock