Will the iPhone 6 release date on Q1 2014 prove to be the real deal for Apple as stock prices plunged on the same day that the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C were revealed?
The market, according to The Huffington Post, was far from impressed on what Apple CEO Tim Cook and his cohorts have unveiled in the 5S and 5C. Of particular concern is the 5C pricing, the same report said.
Per Apple, the supposedly budget iOS smartphone will retail at $100 and $200 for the 16GB and 32GB storage respectively. But the price is exclusive to U.S. customers only and comes with telco contracts.
For most buyers around the world, the cash setback will be $500 and up - not exactly the affordable iPhone that the 5C was pictured by analysts. It follows too that not too many new consumers will be drawn to the Apple smartphone system if the price is not revised.
As a result of the not too rosy prospect, the Apple stock was crashing, The Huffington Post report said, citing Business Insider for the dim outlook.
This developed as Apple is setting for its 2013 big push, which is the introduction of two new handsets in the 5S and 5C. Tumbling of Apple stocks is unusual in the immediate aftermath of product launches for the tech giant.
Not really, according to BGR, as the same happened when the iPhone 5 was outed in September 2012. While the company shares shoot up to $700 per unit a few days after the revelation it slid eventually and stayed below $500, never to recover to date.
BGR blamed the lack of excitant for the retreat. The iPhone 5 then failed to generate 'ohhs and awes' and it should the same case for the iPhone 5S and its lesser sibling, the 5S. The former is viewed as mere incremental upgrade of its predecessor while the latter is deemed too pricey for a gadget designed for ownership by those not considered as too rich.
One more thing that hampers the iPhone 5 is the absence of surprises that were seen when the previous builds were rolled out, beginning in 2007, the same report said. It appears that Apple could be running out of steam, as far as its iPhone business model is concerned.
To wit, with the specs and features delivered by Apple through the 5S and 5C, they hardly overwhelm the best that the Android flagships can offer, analysts said. For buyers, when choosing between the premium priced iPhone 5S and 5C and high-end or mid-range Androids with more attractive solid price, the choice is easy.
Yet with the supposed 2014 market entry of the iPhone 6, rumoured to be of phablet-size with new body design and more killer features, is Apple actually saving its best offering for the last? Will this handset, with supposed screen size of 4.5-inch to 5.0-inch, become the real deal for the tech giant?
To date, the iOS 7-powered iPhone 6 remains officially a rumour though on its supposed release date, said to happen between January and March 2014, Apple fans should get a bigger screen that is wrapped-around on the newly-cut solid body, made of liquid-metal material with exciting features like control buttons that fade out when not in use.
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