For the past 6 years, Apple has been an industry leader in the creation of new smart phones. Quite simply the iPhone has transformed the smart phone market segment and change what consumers expect from their phone. However recently, the Apple iPhone has faced stiff competition from other large corporations like Google and Samsung. Google has created the Android operating system which has many great features and that combined with great hardware from Samsung, has eaten into Apple’s market share.
Samsung also managed to produce it’s hardware for a cheaper price than Apple, giving often giving consumers a slightly less flashy version for a significantly lower price. After all iPhones are great but they are very expensive devices. Recent rumors have indicated that Apple has realized this problem and might be changing tact – releasing a cheaper iPhone for small budget smart phone buyers.
This is a significant change for Apple, who have previously held a high quality at any cost ethos. They have never lowered quality to obtain more market share. Steve Jobs always valued quality over anything else and Apple products reflected that. From the iMac to the iPhone, Apple products just felt well built and of higher quality than the standard computer or mobile phone. Will this move into the budget phone arena indicate a change from their high quality standard? If that’s the case, gone will be the days of technology enthusiasts lining up around the block for products of a quality that only Apple could build.
Part of Apple’s problem is the fact that many of genius ideas have been replicated in cheaper products by their competitors. You can pick up any Samsung device and it will do 75% of what the iPhone does, but for as little as 50% of the cost.
What the build quality, specifications and design of a cheap iPhone would be like is all speculation at this point. But with the Jobs legacy still fresh in the mind of Apple designers and developers, it’s unlikely that this phone would sacrifice too much in terms of quality.
The best case scenario for Apple would be a phone that retains the Apple quality but comes in 25%-50% cheaper than the existing iPhone. The worst case scenario is a buggy iPhone clone that feels “cheap” compared to other phones and tarnishes Apple’s reputation for years to come. We will see in early 2013!
iPhone 5 Tips
If you are using an iPhone 4s or if you just ordered the brand new iPhone 5 then its essential that you find out the most essential hints for using it. There are many tips and tricks available for your treasured iPhone but listed below are the most valuable techniques. These can help you achieve better control over your device.
Most of us understand the brand new Maps iPhone app designed by Apple. Well you can fine-tune it . Head to Settings > Maps > Change label sizing. By simply deciding to replace the label dimensions you’ve got the liberty to view more geographical locations. The little text size allows you to show more options, even the design seems much more structured by doing this and much less jumbled. Really the only negative is that you must have pretty good eye sight to make out the small-scale text.
Check out this fantastic siri trick – Giving voice commands to Siri is awesome but if you are keen on keeping it to your self then you will want to enable the option. Go to Settings > General > Siri and check Rise to Speak. This selection allows for the Siri capability any time a end user places the mobile phone next to the ear. Therefore, any time you pickup your device and bring it in the vicinity of your ear it is possible to whisper the request and Siri follows.
Backup your snap shots very easily! Photo Stream now incorporates a option for backing up photos along with the photos taken within the time period of 30 days on your device. Go to Settings – Photos & Camera, this reveals the pictures that you have stashed on your Mac or other Apple devices.
One of the best new options in iOS 6 is the ability to affix videos and photographs directly in an e-mail. To make attachments in your empty email, click and hold down in the email message body to show a pop up. The popup is the insert Image or Movie ability. For people with previously written a message then tap the arrow that is found on the right-hand area to show you the pop up option.
The newest operating system contains a pre-loaded function called DND (Do Not Disturb) allowing a phone user to silence notices. Additionally you may make options for a distinct time window to stop notices which include, e-mails, text messages and phone calls. Head to Settings- Notifications – Do Not Disturb and set the time setting that suits you.