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QOTW: Will you be buying an iPhone 5C/5S?

by Parm Mann on 13 September 2013, 16:30

Tags: Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)

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Here we have it, not one, but two, new iPhones ready for your delectation.

With the world watching in anticipation, and many harbouring hopes of a lot-cost iPhone priced within reach of the mainstream, Apple's Tim Cook surprised us all by launching an expensive model (the iPhone 5C, £469) and a very expensive model (the iPhone 5S, £549).

We shouldn't be surprised. The iPhone has and will continue to define the premium smartphone sector, and Apple's answer for smaller budgets remains unchanged: if you're looking for something cheaper, there's always an older model.

Yet, without Steve Jobs' presence on stage, Apple's high-profile unveiling struggled to capture the imagination, leading to a five per cent drop in the company's shares. Analysts have accused Apple of ignoring the mid-tier smartphone segment, with some claiming that the firm risks being relegated to a high-end niche player.

Then again, there's usually a fair amount of pessimism surrounding an iPhone or indeed iPad launch, and that typically has little impact on sales. Apple sold four millions iPhone 4S devices in the first three days following launch in 2011, and a year later, the iPhone 5 went one better with five million sales over the same period.

And if the price isn't too big a hurdle, Apple's devices are ultimately now better than ever, with the new flagship 5S model boasting a faster A7 processor with 64-bit architecture, a better camera, a fingerprint sensor, and the long-awaited iOS 7 operating system.

Apple calls it the Gold Standard, analysts aren't so sure, and rival manufacturers have been quick to voice their opinion. With pre-orders now open, it's time for you, the consumers, to have your say. Will you be buying an iPhone 5C or 5S? Whether you'll be first in line or you're eyeing up a competing device, let us know in the comments below.

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Nope, I won't. I prefer Android and the choice of handset that android offers.

Missus said she will though as she only ever gets the S models after Apple has ironed out the bugs in the first model.

She finds android too fussy and wants a simple phone that just works.
No…….You can't get much quicker than that.
Android allows me to chose my handset and go with the flow, having both hardware and software at the mercy of single entity does not appeal to me.

But looking at these, they just look the same as previous models with some interesting features - Seems to me that current iphone 5 users don't need to upgrade - but should see a surge of 4s users flooding the 2nd market with their handsets when they go to 5c/5s :)

I am really pleased to see 64bit come to the mobile arena though as this could be seen as laying the foundations for the ‘next big thing’.
No, haven't changed my mind about Apple products, not worth it.
No. I got a new phone last year, and see no point of upgrading a new phone every two years, let alone every year. No company has convinced me that I *need* their newest and shiniest, and every smartphones nowadays are priced beyond of my idea of an impulse buy.