Amid rumors regarding a budget-oriented version of Apple’s popular iPhone family, we’ve been hearing reports that the Cupertino company’s successor to its current-generation iPhone 5 smartphone may not undergo design changes the same way it evolved from the iPhone 4S.
Feb 05, 2013, 8:40 A.M., TUESDAY. Article by: Kevin Go – For starters, Apple updated the iPhone 4 by adding an 8-megapixel camera and a new processor and GPU, same goes for the iPhone 5 this year with the iPhone 5S according to new reports circulating on the web.
The latest processor from the Apple camp is the Apple A6X chip found on the iPad 4, so I think it is safe to guess that the iPhone 5S or the iPhone 6 will use the same system-on-a-chip or a brand new processor that will differentiate itself from the previous model.
While readers should take this with a grain of salt, there’s a high possibility that the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 may still inherit their predecessor’s aesthetics given Apple’s previous release tactics which includes the evolution of the iPhone 3G to the 3GS and of course, the iPhone 4 and its successor, the 4S.
It’s worth mentioning though that Apple may also be forced to update its current flagship or design a completely new device due to the ever-increasing pressure imposed by big competitors such as Samsung, Sony, and HTC — let’s not forget about Google and its current hardware partner, LG Electronics, there’s also rumors surrounding an upcoming ‘X’ smartphone from Motorola and the internet search giant.
A lot of factors can affect Apple’s future releases, gone are the days when competitors used to play catch-up with Apple, Apple used to lead the pack (hardware and software wise) but there’s no denying that Android handsets are becoming more and more powerful, not to mention, their spec sheets are also getting more impressive every time a quarter passes by.
Not only that, consumers, too, are becoming more cautious of their smartphone purchases, buyers used to go after a device’s brand name, aesthetics and build quality — categories that Apple still leads — but, despite the iOS 6′s overall smoothness, ease of use and impressive ecosystem, consumers now know that there are alternatives, smartphones that can fit their budget, lifestyles and their needs — things that infinite models of Android smartphones from handfuls of handset makers can fulfill.
It’s interesting to see how things will turn out for Apple and consumers in the coming months, first, there’s the successor to the iPad 4, then there’s the rumored ‘budget-friendly’ iPhone model, [unsurprisingly] a Retina iPad Mini and last but not least, a completely new flagship iPhone with a larger display. Is Apple finally giving into the consumer’s demands?
It’s a good thing that Apple is finally stepping things up a notch to beat its competitors, it’s never too late to become aggressive in this ludicrous smartphone business and Apple is just doing what it does best — protecting its iOS empire.
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