Originally Posted by Gazoobee
A cheaper version of the already existing iPhone is not something they would do. People forget that the iPods are all different sizes but they all do different things, and fit different use-cases while at the same time maintaining the basic killer function, in this case ... portable music.
The "killer" or central function of an iPhone (or any smartphone) is not actually making calls. A cheaper iPhone without the ability to play apps for instance (in the same way that the cheaper iPods can't access the store) would be a failure. A cheaper iPhone that didn't do WiFi would be a similar failure. There simply aren't any features or things that you could remove from an iPhone and have it still remain an iPhone in the same way that an iPod nano is still an iPod.
IMO there are only three scenarios that make any kind of sense:
1) It's something completely different and new that makes it's own use case.
2) It replaces the selling of "last year's iPhone" by putting last year's iPhone guts in a cheap plastic case, and somehow this saves enough money that it can basically be given away at the same price as the "year before last year's" iPhone.
3) It isn't happening at all.
The 3.5" screen on this leak would seem to argue very strongly for number 3.
2012 called and wants it's arguments about iPad mini's never happening back.
I mean , as bad as these arguments were last year ( Apple does models across it's entire hardware line, and it also does cheap), you would think that the idea there wouldn't be a cheaper iDevice would be well and truly buried by now. Apparently not.
The cheaper iPhone will, like all cheaper models of the Mac line, do most, or all, of the top end models do but:
1) Look worse in terms of design.
2) Be slower. Have older chips, or less memory, or less capable GPU. Or all of this.
3) Not get all the software advantages of a new OS, but be compatible with the newest OSes going forward for the same length of time as any top end model released that year.
Kinda like the iPad mini - except they made the mistake of making the iPad mini look better, which explains so much canibalisation.
In short an ugly cheaper iPhone may well be in the future - but this same company did release plastic iBooks, to little upset. The brand will still remain intact if the top end models are purdy.