"Apple has been presumed to be discontinuing the iPhone 4 and 4S in order to make way for an all-Lightning [dock connector] iPhone lineup...," according to Padilla. The fate of the current iPhone 5 has, however, not been the subject of much discussion as it has remained unclear whether the new lineup of iPhone 5S and plastic iPhone would leave room for Apple to continue offering an iPhone 5 model."
In just two sentences, Padilla presents a mare's nest of casual and confident assumptions, all largely unexamined in the rest of his post. The reason that it's not been the subject of, from the rollup can tell, any discussion until now is that it doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
The Google Translation of the ETNews post in Korean is here.
Based on the translation, Padilla writes that "Apple will be discontinuing production of the iPhone 5 in the fall, instead putting all of its efforts towards the iPhone 5S and the rumored entry-level plastic iPhone." Presumably because there's no "room" whatever that means for continuing a lower-priced iPhone 5 if you have those cool low-priced Plastic iPhones that the world's value-conscious proletariat is so anxiously awaiting.
Yet, for its current fiscal year, Apple's iPhone sales have been buoyed by strong (surprisingly strong, to many) sales of iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, especially in emerging markets, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, in the company's recent third quarter earnings conference call.
"Apple already sells millions of discounted smartphones, said Michael Levin, co-founder of Chicago-based Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP): They're the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S," reports Computerworld's Greg Keizer.
CIRP surveyed 500 U.S. Apple customers in July and found that nearly half of the iPhones bought between April and June were the older iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S models. "Together, the two accounted for 48% of all iPhone purchases, with the remainder going to the flagship iPhone 5," according to Keizer.
"Eighteen percent of all Apple smartphones sold were the iPhone 4, a 2010 smartphone that Apple and its U.S. carrier partners give away when customers sign a two-year contract. Almost double that -- 30% -- were iPhone 4S smartphones, a 2011 model priced at $99 with a contract, half the $199 of the subsidized iPhone 5."