Finally, it seems that next version of iPhone will arrive on September 10th, less than a month from today. Apple has been loosing ground on smartphone market share quite rapidly over last 3-4 quarters. The low cost Android phones and fast paced launches from Samsung have been some of the major reasons why Apple is finding itself in this position.
Apart from loosing their market share, what Apple needs to be really worried about is the that they do not have a clear roadmap of what Apple will be doing next and what die-hard apple fans should expect. This was never the case when Steve Jobs was around. There was always something that fans looked forward to when it came to Apple products. However, apart from iPad Mini launch there have been no significant announcements from Apple for past couple of years.
Now, according to AllthingD, next version of iPhone is coming. Whether it will be iPhone 5S or iPhone 6, no one is quite clear on that. The report also mentions that there has been great deal of talk going around low-cost iPhone getting launched on September 10.
Talking about next generation iPhone, it is expected to have a new iOS 7 which will have radically new user interface, something that many Apple fans are looking forward for a long time. But still, from whatever has been gathered, most of the features on new iPhone are expected to be more incremental features rather than completely new ones.
iPhone has always been an elite product and the way they have approached the market is; reducing the prices of previous generation models as they get older and when the new model launches. Apple has also never catered to mass market with launch of mid-market segment phones – This may change come September 10th.
As far as India goes, there has been no word about it. However, unlike previously, I don’t think Apple take too much of time to bring it to India. Previously, they had market running behind them, but now they have to run behind market. We should definitely see new iPhone in India before December (that’s my guess)
There is no word about the new iPhone pricing – Guess everyone of us will have to wait and watch!