While so many of us presumed that the ‘iPhone nano’ could present itself as a physically smaller device, it is being reported that the emerging market iPhone could be made up from spare handsets from previous models, with some of the innards ripped out.
Dubbed by many the ‘iCloud iPhone’, Apple wants to hit the emerging market to swamp the world’s most populated country — China — with its products; something it has yet to truly conquer.
According to reports, Apple is aiming for a $400 cost of building — around $200 less than the unsubsidized cost of the iPhone 4 model — which would then be further subsidized by mobile network operators.
Though the iPhone 5 may be coming out next month, as further rumours suggest, this could be the perfect opportunity for Apple to hit the emerging markets, such as China and Asia, with a low cost smartphone.
But some question whether the ‘iCloud-powered’ iPhone could even work. Flash storage is a necessity for any smartphone, and the iPhone is no exception. Seeing as the iCloud syncs to each connected device, the iPhone would still need to have some flash storage — rather than streaming content continuously from the iCloud.
Having said that, if Apple were to replace it with a permanently installed flash memory card, for which you can buy a 2GB mini-SD card for less than $20 on Amazon, this would solve the problem.
And that doesn’t even take into account the data consumption. If carriers are to subsidise the iPhone, and then take one hell of a beating from — let’s say from the emerging Chinese market — with a potential of half a billion people using these slimmed down iPhones, the networks would cripple almost immediately.