Ever thought of guessing the iPhone 5 price? Well, the good news is that you’re not alone, since everyone else was already eagerly awaiting the iPhone 5 last year with much anticipation. At least what we all got was the iPhone 4S last October 2011.
While the iPhone 4S is a beefed-up iPhone 4 with enhanced specs, there is still a general sense of not being fully satisfied and wanting much more among Apple iPhone fans. Considering that Apple is facing increasingly stiff competition from the Android armies of Samsung and HTC, it is likely that the iPhone 5 needs to be released within this year 2012 to continue Apple’s trend of staying at least one step ahead of the pack, if not more.
To better understand the possible pricing of the iPhone 5, first of all we would have to take note that the iPhone 5 would become the 6th iteration of Apple’s flagship smartphone, and for it to be labelled as the iPhone 5, it would have to have some more major improvements, enhancements, and likely even a complete overhaul or physical redesign over the previous generation. This is similar to how Apple moved from the iPhone 3GS to the iPhone 4 with its trademark slogan of “changing everything again”.
Indeed, this was true since the iPhone 4 was a major upgrade. On the other hand for comparison, the moves from iPhone 3G to 3GS and from iPhone 4 to 4S were also similar to each other, with both being more minor upgrades and enhanced specs on the same physical body.
Therefore, a good benchmark we could possibly use in predicting the iPhone 5 price is the example of moving from iPhone 3GS to iPhone 4, since this was the biggest upgrade so far in the history of the iPhone. Tracing the price history of the iPhone in the US under its first carrier AT&T as a benchmark, the very first iPhone was priced at a hefty $499 for the 4GB version and $599 for the 8GB model back in 2007.
When the 16GB model was released, the price was maintained at $499, with the 8GB model reduced to $399, which marked the beginning of the trend of reducing prices. This could be seen when the second generation iPhone 3G of 2008 was priced at $199 for the 8GB and $299 for the 16GB.
Moving on to the 3rd generation iPhone 3GS released in 2009, it was also priced similarly at $199 (16GB) and $299 (32GB). The iPhone 4 being the biggest game changer to date was still priced in the same way upon its release in 2010, going for $199 for the 16GB and $299 for the 32GB. Thus, the constant price trend was maintained despite catering for the ‘premium’ upgrades in the iPhone 4 from the previous iPhone 3GS.
Now arriving at the most recent iPhone 4S, the price also debuted at $199 for the 16GB, $299 for the 32GB, and $399 for the 64GB. Based on the pricing trends since the 3rd generation iPhone 3GS, and considering the stiff price competition from many Android-powered smartphones from the likes of Samsung and HTC, we can make a good estimate that the iPhone 5 would likely be released at the same price points ranging from $199, $299, and $399 based on the same anticipated sizes of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB respectively.
At this stage, there are still many rumors and predictions on the iPhone 5 price. On the other hand, Apple might also decide to even increase the iPhone 5 price if there are enough major upgrades in features to justify it. So stay tuned as the actual iPhone 5 price would eventually unfold as its launch approaches.
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