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8 iPhone 5 Rumors: Best And Worst

Apple reveals its latest iPhone -- possibly two of them -- on Sept. 10. We separate the bogus iPhone rumors from the smart predictions.
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The iPhone is immensely profitable for Apple, but its share of the worldwide smartphone operating system market is heading south. In the second quarter of 2013, Apple's slice of the global smartphone OS pie shrank by just over 3% year-over-year, according to research firm IDC. And in key developing markets such as China, Android mobile devices dominate.

The solution? A cheaper version of the iPhone -- everyone's calling it the iPhone 5C, and you can decide what the "C" stands for -- is expected to debut Sept. 10. Leaked photos show a polycarbonate iPhone 5C shell that comes in multiple colors. The phone will cost less than the premium iPhone 5S model and appears to be targeted mostly at developing markets where Apple handsets have been too pricey to gain a foothold. Presumably cheaper to manufacture, the iPhone 5C is expected to replace the iPhone 4/4S at the low end of the Apple phone family. One key question remains: How low will Apple price the iPhone 5C?

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Laurianne
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9/10/2013 | 3:29:31 PM
re: 8 iPhone 5 Rumors: Best And Worst
A former colleague of mine recently raised the point on Twitter that the rumor buzz about phone colors seems silly in this day and age when almost every iphone user can get a case in any color of the rainbow, personalized with pictures even. Does phone color even matter? Almost everyone puts the iPhone in a case.
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9/9/2013 | 8:41:52 PM
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Agreed. Apple tends to declare a standard and hope its choice becomes so rather than waiting until there's industry consensus.
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9/9/2013 | 5:21:19 PM
re: 8 iPhone 5 Rumors: Best And Worst
Why would Apple, the company that had a weird non-standard connector on all of its phones up until last year and then chose a different non-standard connector to replace it, care which wireless charging technology becomes the industry standard.
Alex Kane Rudansky
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9/9/2013 | 4:41:35 PM
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I'm curious to see how the (possible) finger print scanning feature would affect iPhone use in terms of how much secure information people are comfortable storing on their phones.
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