Originally Posted by luketron
Hey all, quick thought that may have popped up previously, but looking at the purported iPhone 5 cases with the curved back, it struck me that these look (a) more like an iPod Touch, and (b) less sexy than the current iPhone 4, with it's glass back.
This obsession with looks is a joke. Most people end up putting their iPhones into ugly cases anyways so looks really mean very little to people. The only thing I really care about is that iPhone becomes much more of a mobile computing device than it currently is.
The assumption (and persistant rumors) at the moment seem to suggest an iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 will be introduced by Apple, with the iPhone 5 getting the new case, and the iPhone 4S hanging around. However, there have also been rumors that Apple is investigating a low-cost iPhone option too. So, I wonder if in fact the iPhone 4S (possibly named iPhone 5) will still be the flagship device, with the current iPhone 4 body, and instead the new body will be, let's say, an "iPhone Touch" that Apple will introduce to either replace the iPod Touch, or act as a bridge between the iPod Touch and the iPhone.
I'd go for a data free iPhone in a flash. That is as long as it supported WiFi. The reality is I'd rather have my data expenses associated with my iPad as spending money for data on that device is far more useful than on the iPhone.
The "iPhone Touch" could be the low-cost option with 3GS-equivalent specs, an iPod Touch like curved aluminium back, and therefore make sense of the low cost iPhone, new iPhone body, and iPhone 4 speed bump we've been hearing about.
Nope the Touch needs to stay around for at least a bit longer. Probably much longer as it is now the best selling iPod out there. There is considerable value in a extremely low cost pocket computing device like the Touch.
I don't really know what Apple is up to but I do know that they won't be successful long term without having more options available. That is why I support the idea of an iPhone with no data connection what so ever.
More so Apple really needs to go aggressively after this idea of pocket computing. The Touch alone is not enough. They need to introduce new concepts and great magnify the power that one can carry around in their pocket.