By this day and age most people who own a smart phone know of Apple and their infamous iPhone series. For people outside of America, they also know their prices are deep, but as some would say, 'you get what you pay for', and Apple never comes cheap. For those of us in America, thanks to the snake oil salesmen tactics of cellular networks, most people who own a smart phone have had or currently own an iPhone of some type at seemingly low or no prices. Google's smart phone line has an answer for that in the latest Nexus 4, an unlocked global smart phone that has been sold out since its debut and probably has enough people on an imaginary wait list to make them sell out as soon as they stock back up. For less than $350 and coming with the latest and greatest OS that Google has pushed out, it's no wonder why its a current hot product.
To say that Apple isn't watching would be naive, but at the same time they have very little to worry about thanks to their strong fan base and solid products. But some rumors spreading via the Apple community, investors, and analysts, we could see a cheaper iPhone 5 debut within the coming months to rival such a price point that Google has created. While it will most likely still be higher than the Nexus 4, Anything less than what the current price is would be ground breaking for Apple has they have had a pretty static price range on all of their products since the beginning. To prove a point, even though the iPhone 4S is technically obsolete thanks to the iPhone 5, if one wants to purchase it brand new, globally unlocked from the Apple website, they still have to pay the same price as a globally unlocked iPhone 5 costs (which, well not making much physical sense, keeps the value and longing for the product still going). Again, if one has ever watched how Apple unveils products, we could all be wrong the and next iPhone could be just as expensive if not more so than the last few.
According to one analyst, we could even see two separate iPhones within the next six months, one being the cheaper version while the other being an upgrade. Whatever the case, we can know for a fact that as long as Apple is in the smart phone business, we can expect to pay a good amount for the brand and prestige alone.
A portion of the story came from CNET.