Originally Posted by hill60
Economies of scale.
Apple has already used 100's of millions of retina displays, it would probably cost them more to bring in a new, separate line of lower resolution screens.
Not going to happen.
Rubbish. Firstly Economics 101 tells us nothing specific about Asian supply chains. If retina is cheaper then why is the mini non-retina?
Originally Posted by quest01
I don't believe they will release a non retina iphone, I just don't see it happening. Maybe a cheaper iphone made out of plastic makes sense for emerging markets even though I disagree with Apple coming out with a cheaper product to appeal to certain markets.
The issue isn't you. You are an already captured market. You don't matter that much, and I doubt you are going to abandon the platform because some of the people who also have iPhones are poorer. If so, where would you go? Definitely not Android.
Originally Posted by Dan R
I suppose anything is possible with a Steve Jobs-less Apple (didn't think the iPad Mini would happen) but these rumors of a cheaper iPhone are absolutely ridiculous....especially this one. Last I checked, the iPhone 4 is being offered for ZERO ($0) DOLLARS with contract ($449 unlocked) and it has a glass/aluminum casing AND a retina display. How much cheaper can you get than $0?..
..for something that's already better than what's being described by this "analyst".
Hahaha. I knew I would be in before this comment.
Originally Posted by HawkBlade
Pat, can I buy a vowel.... oh wait, wrong game show. This is the Rumor Game Show, where everyone throws words into a ring and makes stuff up... ;) Or is it words on Post-It notes on a wall, and they throw metal tipped darts at them to make a sentence.
Serious - I read, and then laugh, and then wait for actual OFFICIAL word from Apple on their products. When it is announced, then I decide to buy or not and then plan accordingly. Maybe jaded, but I for one am sick of the the sky is falling stick. When I see the stuff myself, then I will duck for cover.
You might be best not to visit Apple rumor sites. I think there are other sites on the inter web.
Originally Posted by igriv
Free WITH CONTRACT. In the emerging markets people apparently mostly go prepaid.
You don't say.
Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
That's an even worse idea.
NO. Don't get mired in that fog; don't get dragged down with these devils. Apple is NOT considering ANYTHING. Apple is doing NOTHING. ANALYSTS have MANIFESTED this BELIEF that Apple MUST cater to a market that DOESN'T exist.
Never forget that. We DON'T know. We includes analysts.
Many of these people struggle to buy food. Still more only have very, very simple lifestyles, able to afford the barest of necessities (but all of them). They are NOT BUYING CELL PHONES WITH DATA PLANS.
All plausibility aside, that is the only number I've considered. But it's not being sold to "China and India" at that price.
You have no clue what is going on in the world. The developing world - once a polite misnomer for poor - is now the fact. Its developing, we're not. Most people in the (once 3rd now) developing world can afford moderately priced mobile phones on PAYG. We know this because they are buying phones. Even sub-Saharan Africa has a high rate of phone ownership but is much poorer than China. I recommend the TED talks of Hans Rosling for an explanation of the stellar growth of the developing world.
Since Apple sells not just hardware but software services it makes sense to enter this market now - the 20 year old chinese guy who can just afford a $250 iPhone now will get the top of the range in a decade, and in the meantime buy content.