As Levin says: "We don't understand the call for a lower-priced iPhone, at least in the U.S. You can't get lower than zero."
MacRumors' Padilla recounts that the ETNews post "claims that the in-cell technology used on the iPhone 5's touchscreen is not suitable for low-volume production,' contributing to Apple's decision to stop production on the phone and focus all of its efforts toward producing parts for newer products."
We're not sure what ETNews or Padilla mean by "low-volume" production, but based on this past year's success of the iPhone 4 and 4S, Apple could confidently expect to sell millions more units of iPhone 5, the most popular iPhone model yet released, in the year following the release of the 2013 iPhone. Even if the Next iPhone has all the Killer Features that the technorati lust for, it still wouldn't obsolete the iPhone 5, or even the iPhone 4S.
The quality of those handsets, and their continuing desirability, is revealed in the trade-in programs offered by Apple's retail partners: those programs, as Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledged in the most recent earnings call, are lucrative for retailers because the older model iPhones retain so much of their value in the eyes of buyers.
Apple began discounting the older iPhone models starting in 2009. In the Computerworld story, CIRP's Levin says "In October 2012, just before the launch of the iPhone 5, so-called legacy' [iPhone] models accounted for 32% of all iPhone sales. Since then, the legacy share has reached or neared 50% in subsequent surveys."
"The legacy iPhones are still quite compelling," Levin argued.
iPhone 6 fan art gossip "reveals" foldable form factor
"[C]onsumers love to drool over gossip and today Pritesh Chavan's concept iPhone 6 will surely make you crazy, if not insane," writes Anuj Bhatia in a post at Gizbot. "The first and foremost, would you like to buy a 3-in-one Apple device? A good look at the concept gives you an idea of what the future looks like."
If there's one thing that iPhone fan art is good for, it's giving us an idea of what the future looks like.