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More Reports Surface of a Cheaper ‘iCloud iPhone’

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It has already been reported Apple will be introducing a cheaper iPhone this Fall, but a new report from AppleNApps states the next low-cost iPhone will have less onboard memory and rely on iCloud for storage.

The iCloud iPhone will be using the same internal parts from the iPhone 4, but will use a slightly different external design with an aluminum back panel similar to the iPad 2. Apple will go away from the relatively more expensive glass back panel. Also, the stainless steel band is speculated to be gone with simply a curved aluminum back, again like the iPad 2.

This so called ‘iCloud iPhone’ will apparently launch at an upcoming Fall special event, alongside the next iPhone 5. Sources claim there will be no LTE on the iPhone 5, but it will be a ‘quality upgrade’ sporting an all-in-one GSM/CDMA model, along with the A5 processor, all within a thinner and lighter body. Both phones are set to launch during the final week of September, with the iCloud iPhone free on contract.

The problem I see with iCloud on cheaper iPhones is the requirement for constant data connectivity. Given the vast spectrum of pricing for data plans around the world, iCloud could be limited based on your carrier’s data offerings. This story reminds us of the former ‘iPhone Nano’ reports, that stated an iPhone coming based on a cloud OS.

[via MacRumors]

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  • Anonymous

    Data pricing is just part of the problem, there is also the issue of data availability. I don’t know how much storage “less” is exactly, but I always keep a small local music library available on my phone for when I’m on the subway or in a crappy 3G coverage area.

    iTunes Match does allow you to download entire tracks to your device and save them locally though, so that might be less of an issue. Still, I hope it’s at least 8GB and they aren’t talking about going back to 4GB or anything. It’s just not the right time. Once 3G service underground becomes widespread and coverage areas are more robust, then we can talk.

  • Anonymous

    Data pricing is just part of the problem, there is also the issue of data availability. I don’t know how much storage “less” is exactly, but I always keep a small local music library available on my phone for when I’m on the subway or in a crappy 3G coverage area.

    iTunes Match does allow you to download entire tracks to your device and save them locally though, so that might be less of an issue. Still, I hope it’s at least 8GB and they aren’t talking about going back to 4GB or anything. It’s just not the right time. Once 3G service underground becomes widespread and coverage areas are more robust, then we can talk.

  • Anonymous

    Data pricing is just part of the problem, there is also the issue of data availability. I don’t know how much storage “less” is exactly, but I always keep a small local music library available on my phone for when I’m on the subway or in a crappy 3G coverage area.

    iTunes Match does allow you to download entire tracks to your device and save them locally though, so that might be less of an issue. Still, I hope it’s at least 8GB and they aren’t talking about going back to 4GB or anything. It’s just not the right time. Once 3G service underground becomes widespread and coverage areas are more robust, then we can talk.

  • Anonymous

    I hope one day Apple embraces AWS. 

  • Anonymous

    I hope one day Apple embraces AWS. 

  • Anonymous

    I hope one day Apple embraces AWS. 

  • Anonymous

    I hope one day Apple embraces AWS. 

  • Anonymous

    Music and video streaming are one thing, but it will still need significant storage for apps no?

  • Anonymous

    Music and video streaming are one thing, but it will still need significant storage for apps no?

  • Kirk

    An iCloud iPhone is a major fail. What if I want to listen to my music and I have no data connectivity? Or video? It’s a stupid ideal that apple wouldn’t embrace.

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