Over the past months, we have seen numerous analysts who chimed on the next iPhone and the widely rumored low-cost iPhone dubbed iPhone 5C. This time, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster released a new research that revolves around the iPhone 5S and the budget iPhone.
In his latest research note, Munster predicts Apple's intelligent personal assistant in iOS will not be available to the iPhone 5C. He also adds that the device will serve as the replacement to the iPhone 4S, which is now at the bottom of the iPhone lineup. Munster also believes that the budget iPhone will be sold at an estimated price of $300 off-contract.
In terms of the phone itself, we expect the cheaper phone to have a plastic casing, 4" display, and lower end internal specs (processor, camera, memory, etc.) than the 5S/5 line up. Additionally, we believe that Apple may exclude some software features, such as Siri, which we note was not an option on the iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 upon launch.
So why no Siri in iPhone 5C? Apparently, Munster believes that this will help prevent the iPhone 5C from cannibalizing the more expensive iPhone models. This is somewhat a very strange move for Apple considering how the company goes to great lengths to promote Siri. And if the iPhone 5C is intended to replace the iPhone 4S, it would be weird not to have Siri when the 4S already has this particular feature.
The analyst also adds a remark regarding the iPhone 5S' rumored fingerprint sensor feature. He apparently believes that the sensor will be incorporated but it will only be limited to authentication purposes.
We expect the iPhone 5S to include a fingerprint sensor with a basic unlocking feature, but do not believe the sensor will be built into iOS 7 enough to introduce a feature like secure payments as we believe that Authentec has only been a part of Apple for less than one year. We believe that payments could be a key feature of the next version of iOS in 2014.
Aside from the fingerprint scanner, the iPhone 5S will have the expected upgraded internals and improved camera. [via MacRumors]Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback