Apple enthusiasts have long debated with PC enthusiasts over the pros and cons of each. And while Google, and by extension Android, aren’t PC, they certainly have captured that audience. One of the biggest cons that continually gets slapped on Apple is cost. Whether it’s fair or not, Apple is considered to be “elitist”.
The iPhone has been yoked with that same label, and Android fans can point the numerous devices at various price points that fit virtually any budget. By contrast, when a new iPhone comes out, it is typically prices at the high end of the cell phone spectrum (not that that has stopped people from buying it in droves despite the economy).
But when the Verizon iPhone 4 came out, AT&T did something it hadn’t done before. In an attempt to attract more customers, and fight an exodus to Verizon, the carrier offered the previous iPhone 3GS at $49.99.
The move worked, as the discounted iPhones flew off the shelves. Which begs the question – could Apple create budget iPhone to be released alongside its flagship phones? According to insiders, the Cupertino, CA based company has been working on a lower end iPhone to try and break into emerging markets abroad. Apple execs have even stated that they are exploring prepaid cell phone options. But there are quite a few steps between the drawing board and actual implementation.
A smaller screen with a slightly slower processor could be two ways to cut costs. A less impressive camera in terms of megapixels could also be doable. But what is doable and what sorts of compromises Apple would be willing to make remain to be seen.
Whether a budget iPhone every makes it to store shelves remains to be seen, but it definitely is worth a long look by the folks at Apple.