Once again, we’ve reached October and as expected, Nexus rumor and leak season is going full swing.
This year I’ve been following less of the rumors and leaks (not to mention posting less too) since I’m not really in the market for a new phone at this moment. Of course, I’m trying to convince my better half to get her phone changed but resistance is strong!
Back to Nexus season. All indications and leaks have more or less confirmed that the next Nexus phone, rumored to be Nexus 5, will again be manufactured by LG. This would be consistent with Google’s trend of giving each manufacturer a couple of the years manufacturing the same device (phone, 7-inch tablet, 10-inch tablet). Samsung had 2 phones released in the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus and LG has gotten the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 5. This may not be a bad thing as the Nexus 4, while being a little disappointing to some who did not like the glass back, was a pretty solid phone experience for its price.
Apple has long been focused on high end devices. All its iPhone products have been high priced, premium segment products. But this year might be the year that sees Apple embrace the low end segments. Rumors have it that Apple is set to release 2 iPhones this year, a typical premium iPhone, named iPhone 5S and a cheaper model in plastic, named iPhone 5C. The new plastic iPhone is set to come in a variety of vibrant colors, similar to their iPods.
I know I am typically an Android supporter, but I can’t help getting a little excited by the possibility of a cheap iPhone model. The big question is, how cheap is cheap. Rumors have it that the iPhone 5C has similar specs to the existing iPhone 5. I would imagine that Apple’s definition of cheap is not the same as Android’s definition. In my expectations, the base iPhone 5S model would probably cost around RM2.3k to RM2.6k. The current iPhone 5 costs USD649 or RM2199 for the base 16GB model. It is not hard to imagine that with a cheaper plastic casing, the iPhone 5C with similar specs as the existing iPhone 5 to cost around RM1.5k or USD449. While doing this does reduce Apple’s profit margins, it would open up the iPhone market to a wider consumer base which would allow them to capture more of the market share and with it, increasing likelihood of users purchasing apps or songs from their iTunes store.
Still, I probably won’t be tempted to get a cheaper iPhone though. If I do get an Apple product, it would likely be an iPad and even then, only for apps or gaming. Kinda hate waiting for Plants vs Zombies 2 to be released on Android. Anyways, an Apple invitation has already been sent out to major tech sites and the event is slated for September 10th which isn’t long away.
Do you hope to see a cheaper iPhone model?
Most people who have been following the Apple vs Samsung trial in the North District of California courts will know that Apple has won its (imho, ridiculous) claims against Samsung. The court has asked Samsung to pay USD 1.05 billion to Apple. I believe that from that USD 1.05 billion, most of the amount is supposed to be due to loss of business as the argument is that Samsung’s Galaxy S/SII phones stole sales from Apple’s iPhone. However, I managed to find an entry in the Jury Instructions that says this:
“You must allocate the lost profits based upon the customer demand for the patented feature of the infringing products. That is, you must determine which profits derive from the patented invention that Samsung sells, and not from other features of the infringing products.”
If this is the case, I would say that most purchasers of a Samsung Galaxy S/SII did not buy it because of the rounded corners, the pinch to zoom, the green colored Phone icon or the bounce effect. Cheaper prices, better hardware, bigger screens and the Android platform are what drove people to purchase the Galaxy S/SII. And as such, these millions of buyers (myself included) would have bought a HTC phone, an LG phone, a Sony phone or even a Huawei phone rather than buying an Apple phone. Therefore, there was close to ZERO customer demand for the patented features and close to ZERO lost profits for Apple. I bought Samsung products for other features and I’m sure that many other buyers are the same.
How about you? Did you buy your Samsung phone for the rounded corners or green colored Phone icon?
While on this subject, there is a very amusing piece of fake news that has been spreading around the internet saying that Samsung has decided to pay the USD 1.05 billion to Apple using truckloads of 5-cent coins. According to this fake news, 30 trucks showed up at Apple headquarters today and Tim Cook got a call/email from the Chairman of Samsung Electronics saying that this is how they were going to pay Apple. It would be cool if this actually did happen but as Samsung will try to appeal the court decision first, any money that Samsung has to pay will not be right now. It could probably take another few more months or years before it happens.
Link to fake news here and here.