Budget iPhone vs iPhone 5 (yellow, ASCII 001)

If you’re still scratching your head trying to figure out why high profile investor Carl Icahn just made a [rumored] $1 billion investment in Apple, consider this: the stock is down more than $200 from where it was a year ago, despite any major missteps, and the company is about to have another big fall.

How big? Well rumor has it that Apple is going to unveil two new handsets during its big media event next month. There’s the iPhone 5S, the successor to the current iPhone, and the ‘iPhone 5C,’ an all-new low-cost model. And analysts believe that the two will make for Apple’s biggest product launch ever…

Benzinga reports (via BGR):

“Trip Chowdhry, the Managing Director of Equity Research at Global Equities Research, is convinced that it will set a new record for the company.

“The new iPhones will be massively successful,” Chowdhry told Benzinga this morning. “This will be the most successful product launch ever in the history of Apple.”

And not only is Apple expected to launch two handsets this fall, but each of them should be crowd pleasers. First, there’s the iPhone 5S, which is believed include a built-in fingerprint sensor (not a common smartphone feature). And then there’s the budget iPhone, which will come in various colors for around $300.

Budget iPhone (Martin Hajek 001)budget iPhone concept via Martin Hajek

Add this to the swirling rumors of a redesigned iPad 5 and new iPad mini also landing this fall, and it’s not hard to see why investors are getting excited about Apple again. Icahn’s not the only one—the company’s stock has been slowly climbing since late June, where it dipped down to $390 per share. Now it’s at $490.

But for Apple to hit Chowdhry’s goal of the ‘most successful product launch ever,’ it’s going to have to sell a lot of iPhones. Last year, with the redesigned iPhone 5, it sold 2 million units during the first 24 hours of pre-orders, and went on to sell 5 million during opening weekend. So it certainly has its work cut out for it.

What do you think, will the 5S/5C make for Apple’s biggest product launch ever?

  • TeddyBearStand

    Yes.

  • Osama Muhammed

    if they stayed in this ugly road, i dont think so

  • riyadian1

    alrightyyyyyyy

  • LAGISSUEZ

    It could. That’s about anything anybody could know.

    • Sokrates

      It’s not about knowing, it’s bout thinking.

  • Boss

    Personally I won’t be impressed until they make a larger screen iPhone 4.5-5inch

    • Matheus Lisboa

      I personally hope they won’t make the screen bigger, it’s just useless having a huge screen that will make the handset unconfortable to be walking around with

      • Falk M.

        Speak for yourself, how about choice?
        Different people use their phones for different tasks.

        And don’t give me that “get an iPad then”.
        Sometimes lugging an iPad around isn’t feasible, but you still need that bigger than 4″ screen.

        Right now, Apple is telling folks to get an Android phone. Yay.

      • Zero

        Try the iPad mini.

      • Falk M.

        Yes, buying an iPad mini AND the full iPad is a smart idea, especially if you try to stay in a bi-annual refresh cycle.

        Start being realistic man.

      • Xee

        Hmm… when the iPhone 6 is due they should call the current iPhone the ‘iPhone Mini’ then create a larger screen iPhone which will just be called the ‘iPhone’ for us pro users that want a larger screen. Like the iPad Mini and the iPad.

      • Boss

        Bigger screen means bigger battery which is something the iPhone needs I’d rather see Apple make a 4 inch iPhone 5S and a iPhone 5S XL with a 4.5inch+ screen than that ugly toy budget iPhone 5C

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        Word! I’m rite with ya but on that. +1

      • dpacemaker

        I get what your saying, I too don’t need a bigger screen. I would probably get a 4.5in one if they made it, but no bigger. The issue isn’t what is uncomfortable it’s what people want. Skinny jeans can’t be comfy, but people wear them.

      • Kevin Guzman

        Agreed. Bigger screen doesn’t always look appealing for a mobile phone. Then again, this is my opinion. Not sure how others feel.

      • Xee

        You can stick with the smaller budget 5c or what ever will be equivalent!

    • JulianZHuang

      i wish they will stay at under 4.3. Too big dont be fit in 1 hand.

    • n0ahcruz3

      Im with you here buddy. Apple is obsessed about how thin their igadget and suffers terrible battery life. I honestly dont care how thin the phone is coz alot of people will put it in a case. Just put a larger screen and a larger battery.

  • Kenny Woodard

    iPhone 5c will be a big hit in lower income countries, but I don’t see iPhone 5s making as big a splash as former releases. A lot of people have pronounced they will stay on 5 and there are people like me ready to move on from iPhone unless they make some huge steps in customization. iPhone has grown to be ” just another slightly better iPhone ” instead of wowing and innovating towards consumer wants.

    • Kaptivator

      IDK man. I held out on the 5 for the 5s. Im sure that there are many more people in my shoes. Then you have people that will upgrade just to upgrade because they like to have the “NEWER” model iPhone.

    • Sokrates

      You will never have full customization. You such switch now, if that’s your highest priority.

  • LAGISSUEZ

    I’ll tell you what. If apple sells the 5c subsidized for $50 here in the states then watch out! It will be a game changer!

    • Kaptivator

      I really doubt that the 5c will see the light of day here in the states until after being released in other countries first. yes people are wanting a premium phone without the premium cost, but apple has much of the market share with their current pricing.

      • doubt apple would make such a big release and not release it in the states at the same time, people are looking at it like it’s a third world device, it’s not.

      • Kaptivator

        Never said its a 3rd world device (you can check my previous post history), however i am saying that many people here in the states will shell out the money for the flagship. Its worth more to gain market share in other emerging countries where people won’/can’t shell out the premium price. Not saying that it will not be here, I just doubt that it will launch at the same time as the flagship.

        If you had your own business and you knew people would pay a premium based upon past history, would you release a non premium product along side of your premium product to reduce max profit? or would you release your premium product where you have a track record of selling out and your non premium product where it would make the most impact, increase your overall financial gain, help you attain a foothold in the market where you are not present and then circle back once the hype has died down with your flagship to pick up the stragglers who want the actual name brand but won’t pay the premium? Its just my take on it..

        My question is…Why would they release them at the same time in the US? What’s the benefit of that here in the states?

      • I suppose you have a point there, strange that most rumours are suggesting it’s going to be released before the S.

      • Kaptivator

        I have read them to. Bit I honestly can’t make sense of why? In other countries, yes. But In the U.S. its like a shot in the foot, in my opinion. Guess we will just have to see what pans out. All in all, I’m anxious to see how it will unfold.

      • LAGISSUEZ

        Looks like I was right.

    • n0ahcruz3

      Ur kidding right? Even if apple would release the 5c(whatever)? They carrier/apple shouldnt subsidize this at $50! It should be free on contract! Heck even the 4 sells at 450$ without contract and free on 2-yr contract. If the price of this POS is 300 or below its should definately free on contract.

      • blastingbigairs

        Never gonna happen, the cheapest a budget iPhone will go for is $149 or maybe $99. It’s Apple man, this isn’t some throwaway Android turd.

      • n0ahcruz3

        If this rumored cheap iphone ever come to fruition and released in the US. It should be free on contract considering the iphone 4 is free on 2 year contract. $149?! Yikes iphone 5 will be a year old! And they’ll sell it at 99$ on two yr contract! U mean to say the cheaper iphone will cost more than the 5 on contract? Even though its apple you are being unrealistic here buddy. Heres your line up according to your prediction : iphone 5S 199$, iphone C 149/99$, iphone 5 99$ and lastly iphone 4S 0$ all on 2 yr contract. I dont think apple will discontinue the 4 anytime soon unless the cheap iphone will replace the 4 for the entry level.

      • blastingbigairs

        And you are assuming the C will even be a budget device. Knowing Apple the C will be something none of us even expected and come at a price. We are ALL just speculating at this point. Stays tuned.

  • seyss

    the colored of iPod Touch is very beautiful.. the white phone on red diamond-cut chamfers especially. this would be great on iphone too

  • Sokrates

    Let’s wait, look, observe. It’s gonna be an exciting autumn.

  • Sanil Chitrakar

    Coming october is time for my free upgrade of 2 years contract. But i’ll skip this iphone 5S. I want a bigger screen not the long one. Hope they’ll come up with bigger screen with iphone 6.

  • Jason Dennery

    What ever happened to the IGZO rumors?

    Have they been discredited?

    • Anthony Antunez

      I think they said the IGZO screens will be used next year.

  • Joseph A. Ahmad

    I’m going to invest some money, because it’s likely the stock will go up after the product launch. But there’s also a chance that Apple won’t meet the “expectations” of Wall Street as well. Apple is a wonderful company, but going public has its draw backs. Can’t wait for the 5S. I’m giving my father my 5, and I’m switching to black. I’ve also loved they way it looked.

  • ConduciveMammal

    You say that the fingerprint sensor isn’t a common feature in smartphones. What other phones have this? I’ve never personally heard of any outside of movies

    • Guest

      Motorola Atrix has one and it was released in 2011

  • Elijah S. Swick

    I just really hope that none of the colors that have been “leaked” are legit, kuz… UGH!

    • n0ahcruz3

      Lol i know right

    • Gerardo Castro

      Red one is by far the only nice one from these leaked colors

      • n0ahcruz3

        The red one is just a concept. But i tend to agree with you.

      • Gerardo Castro

        Will most likely be reality… with Project (RED) and all.

  • zachf914

    Why does everyone need a big screen? Do you really NEED one? Are you all that blind that you NEED and 4.5″ HD display? I personally wear glasses and the iPhone 4S screen is plenty big for me and my big thumbs. You guys are freaks.

    • :/

      Queen of Sheba is that you?

      • zachf914

        Is that some really dry and non-humorous joke no one knows?

  • Gerardo Castro

    I don’t see why everybody gets mad over the Apple refresh cycle… its simple
    (Starting from Original to 3G)
    Hardware: Major change (OG to 3G), incremental change (3G to 3GS), Major change (3GS to 4), incremental change (4 to 4S), major change (4S to 5). We are due for an incremental change, and quite frankly I understand and i’m OK with that, because it echoes in the software, for every Minor HW change, there’s a Major SW change… it’s Apple’s way of not going stale… people should realize that no matter what refresh year it is there is always something to look forward to… this year is iOS 7.

  • Tsavo Walker

    Lawlz, this guy is screwed!

  • Jumpeight

    nope. sick of the hype. such minor upgrades. and new chargers (I swear they made more money selling the new bloody charges than the phones) done with apple. enough. same ole same ole. —->droid