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  Same argument can be made for the iPad Mini...
People that don't live in the US or buy their phone outright don't want to pay $450+ for a 3 year old cell phone...
The problem with the current approach of selling outdated handsets for "free" is that the handsets are obviously outdated. A better example would be the fact that the iPad Mini outsells the iPad 2.   A new iPhone at a low end price point would outsell the current old iPhones and likely wouldn't cannibalize the premium top tier iPhone.
I could be wrong but next year, I think we'll see a 5S with evolutionary upgrades, and the continued sell of the iPhone 4 primarily to pre-paid carriers for $349.   But I wouldn't be surprised if we see the introduction of a new iPhone Nano with a 3.5 inch screen, smaller bezels, colors, and an iPod Nano-ish form factor. Add in non-retina display and a $249 price point and we'll have iPhones for everyone ranging from $249-$849.
I agree that the low end is Apple's last big opportunity in the smartphone business because they have the mid to high end covered well.
  Apple did it with music and movies equally difficult industries. As far as ties, if Apple could get every one of their authorized retailers to buy into their concept of electronic purchasing they'd have all of the top retailers in the world on their side. If anyone could change retail it would be Apple.
    1) Apple will likely keep the same case design, and although I agree changing the back panel to incorporate NFC isn't likely, I do still believe NFC can be a worthwhile feature if Apple uses their massive clout with retailers to get a full system in place to utilize it. It's a feature that, if it comes with the right ecosystem, could be groundbreaking.     2) All the features you listed matter squat to most consumers. Yes an iPhone with improved internals is welcome,...
Without NFC I can't imagine Apple just adding faster chips to the 5S and expecting people to be impressed. The iPhone is fast enough already and it's time for Apple to think outside the box on upgrades.   But I believe like with the iPad the "Premium" iPhone is reaching a plateau and Apple's biggest opportunies will come from new lower end hardware (ala iPad Mini), and software (completely reimagined iOS)
Passbook hasn't taken off either, and I believe that's partially because it's inconvenient and relatively hard to use for a novice user.   Apple needs an easy to use payment and card system that gets massive levels of support from retailers in order to have another tech revolution in smart phones. I think security will be essential for that system but security alone won't be the "next big" HW upgrade.   Security plus wallet features will come hand in hand and together...
Honestly I think it would be a good idea for them to launch an upgraded iPhone every six months to to avoid the 4S letdown. For the first time in 5 years Samdung had the best selling phone in a quarter because the 4S left the iPhone brand long in the tooth and stale.
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