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Apple’s New 5K Retina iMac Performs As Well As It Looks!

Posted by Michael Luciano | Posted in Apple News And Rumors, Computer, Computer Accessories, Device, News | Posted on 02-11-2014

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5k iMacIt seems like it’s been a while since we’ve seen Apple deliver us anything other than a new iPad or iPhone. Now for true Apple fans such as myself, this isn’t really too much of a problem. That being said, sometimes, it’s nicer to sit and use a big beautiful computer. Not a laptop. An actual desktop computer. It’s been so long since I’ve actually operated one, and I won’t lie; I miss it sometimes. Apple has continuously made a name for themselves with their consumer mobile electronics, however. It seems like that’s all they’re known for anymore. Luckily for us, they’ve not forgotten those users that like to remain a bit more stationary. They gave us a new iMac, and holy crap it looks incredible.

Apple released a new iMac with a 5K display… yes, you read that right.

5 Is Better Than 4

When you take a look at the screen of the new iMac, just prepare to be blown away at the sheer beauty of it. Why is it so remarkable? Well, it’s because of the recent Apple term “Retina”. Apple use this term when it essentially doubles the pixels on a typical screen resolution. We’ve seen Retina devices from Apple for a while now. The original Retina iMac that we saw had only 2,560 x 1,440. Now that isn’t saying that the display looked bad, because it did not AT ALL. The new 5k iMac doubles those numbers though. A whopping 5,120 x 2,880 pixel count is what you’re going to see when you look at this bad boy. The screen boasts 14.7 million pixels across the entire 27-inch real estate. This makes this particular display perfect for anyone looking to do some illustrating or photo editing. After all, you’re working with 14.7 million pixels remember?

What’s Under The Hood?

While yes, the screen of this new iMac looks nothing short of phenomenal, it’s a lot more than just a pretty face. This new iMac is as powerful as it is gorgeous to look at. They made sure to match the inner workings with the outer beauty. The new 5K Retina iMac houses a 4th gen Haswell Intel Core i5 quad-core processor that runs at a cool 3.5GHz, so you know that you’re getting speed and performance. If that’s not good enough for you, you can always upgrade the processor to an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor which will run at 4GHz. The graphics card that comes with the base model is an AMD Radeon R9 290X GPU, and 2GB of RAM. Yet again, if you want a bit more graphical power, you can upgrade the graphics card too, to an AMD Radeon R9 295X with double the RAM. You’re going to want the best for this 5K screen anyway.

But… Why?

There are some out there, myself included, that might be wondering just why Apple decided to go ahead and release an iMac with a 5K resolution display. This type of technology is a bit ahead of its time, simply because it’s hard enough already to find any 4K media, let alone 5K. That isn’t to say that a new 5K monitor and computer isn’t appreciated though! Apple just simply has the resources to pull this type of technology off. The main selling point of the new iMac is clearly the 5K screen, but you’re also getting a very powerful computer to go along with it. The price tag sits right at $2,499, but if you think about what all you’re getting, it doesn’t really seem overpriced. After all, a regular 4K display costs around that price anyway. You’re looking at a better screen and getting an amazing computer for the price of a good 4K monitor.

Apple’s new Retina 5K iMac is nothing to take lightly. It shows that Apple still has the gusto to make amazing hardware that isn’t just for a mobile market. The sooner you can get a look at this new iMac, the better. It’s beyond impressive. Well played Apple, well played.

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The Henry Ford Museum Drops $905K On A Working Apple-1

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Apple News And Rumors, Computer | Posted on 30-10-2014

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Apple_I_ComputerIt’s hard to imagine that Apple, arguably the biggest name in technology in the world, started out with humble beginnings nearly 40 years ago. The very first computer ever produced by the company, known today as the Apple-1, forever changed the face of the computer and technology industries. Having a working Apple-1 today seems almost unfathomable, but alas one was recently sold at an auction for a record-breaking $905,000.

The Apple-1 was sold by Bonhams Auction House in New York to The Henry Ford, which has plans to put the computer on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. The $905,000 price tag isn’t the exact price of the Apple-1. The real price was only $750,000. But when you add Bonham’s $175,000 commission and taxes, the total came out to$905,000. This easily beat the record of $671,000 for another working Appl-1 that was sold bac  in May 2013.

The Apple-1, by today’s standards, is little more than a standalone circuit board. The device was hand-built, however, by Apple o-Founder Steve Wozniak back in 1976 and is quite possibly one of the first full lot of 50, according to Bonhams. Bonhams had brought in a pair of antique computer specialists to evaluate the computer with one stating that it was in “superb overall condition with no apparent modifications performed or removed.”

The very first batch of computers was purchased from Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs by Byte Shop of Mountain View, California in 1976. Each of the computers was sold for $666.66 and approximately 200 were produced, though maintainer of the Apple-1 Registry Mike Willegas has tracked only 60 survivors. Moreover, as few as 15, including the one sold by Bonhams, are known to be in working condition.

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The Apple-1 purchased by Ford came with a keyboard, a power supply in a small wooden case, two vintage cassette tape decks an old monitor and various documents. According to Bonhams, the Apple-1 had been owned by John Anderson, founder of the AppleSiders of Cincinnati user group, which still meets. Anderson acquired the computer back in 1980.

Other Apple-1 computers that have gone at auctions in the past couple of years have seen prices range from one sold in June 2012 for $374,500 to one sold in November of that same year for $640,000. However staggering the $950,000 price for this working Apple-1 is, it still pales in comparison to the record-setting piece of Apple memorabilia ever sold. Back in 2011 an executive out of Miami paid an incredible $1.6 million for the original contract that marked the founding of Apple as a company.

To see a working Apple-1 in such good condition is rare so I think it is fitting that the computer will be on display in the Henry Ford Museum, allowing many people to see something that they might otherwise never have the opportunity to see. In the words of the great archaeologist Indiana Jones the Apple-1 “belongs in a museum” and that’s exactly where it is headed.

Could Apple Be Slimming Down The MacBook Air Even More?

Posted by Jake Nolan | Posted in Apple News And Rumors, Computer Accessories, News | Posted on 04-09-2014

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macbook airApple’s MacBook Air laptops have become super popular due to their ultra-slim design. They are super light and easy to transport, which makes them perfect for traveling on business or for students who need to have their computer wherever they go. According to new reports from Digitimes, Apple could be launching brand new MacBook Air models that are even lighter and more slim than they have ever been before. These new models could be released as soon as the end of the year or some time in 2015.

Actually, the Digitimes report doesn’t really specify if the slimmed down new models will be the MacBook Air specifically, but that seems to be what makes the most sense. It could be a slimmed down version of the MacBook Pro, but then there wouldn’t be much of a reason for the MacBook Air. There is a strong possibility that both models will get a fresh redesign though and that they could both be slimmed down a bit. The same website has also reported that the current 13.3-inch version of the MacBook Pro will be retired by the end of the year.

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Both of these flagship laptops have gotten little changes this year already. Nothing major was updated, but they did both get a CPU boost along with a nice drop in price. It seems like it might be a little bit hard for Apple to shave even more bulk off of the MacBook Air. At the same time, they will probably never slim down the MacBook pro to the same size as the MacBook Air. The two laptops are different and have different selling points, they wouldn’t dare drop one from their line of products or go out of their way to make them basically the same.

Either way, these new reports are very interesting. Hopefully we will be hearing some more news on this by the end of the year, or even see the new product in person by then.

Apple’s MacBook Air Leads 18% Increase To Mac Sales

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Apple News And Rumors, Computer | Posted on 07-08-2014

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Back in June Apple announced that it sold 4.4 million Macs during the month, the most ever for that quarter of the year. In addition to that, the company also announced that those figures also showed a year-over-year growth rate that the rest of the industry hasn’t seen since 2010. Apple sold 18% more Macs in the quarter than the same quarter the previous year with revenue from the oldest line of Macs contributing 15% of the company’s $37.4 billion in total sales.

According to a statement from Technology Business Research analyst Ezra Gottheil, “I was pleasantly surprised by the Mac numbers. The rumors of the death of the personal computer are, of course, highly exaggerated.” When Chief of Research and Head of U.S. Business for Kantar WorldPanel Comtech Carolina Milanesi was asked for her reaction, she stated, “No, I’m not surprised by the Mac numbers. The PC business is almost all mid- and low-end, and that’s not where Apple plays, so they’ll continue to outperform.”

The sales of Apple’s Macs came in significantly higher than the predictions of nearly every single Wall Street analyst polled by Fortune. Apple beat the 3.9 million average of nearly three-dozen analysts by 12% . None of the 34 financial experts surveyed by Fortune had placed a bet higher than what Apple had recorded. “We had a record June quarter for the Mac, and demand has been very strong for our portables in particular,” stated CEO of Apple Time Cook.

In addition to that, Apple’s CFO Luca Maestri praised the fact that Apple was able to beat the PC industry average in 32 of the last 33 quarters. The one quarter in the last eight years that Apple failed to match or beat the average was Q4 od 2012, which was caused by a production fiasco which left the company without iMacs to sell for several months.

Research firm IDC stated that global PC shipments for the June quarter, with a majority of them running Windows OS, fell to 2% with Gartner noting that the shipments fell flat compared to last year. Gartner’s Van Baker believes the increase in sales was caused by the MacBook Air, the company’s thinnest and lightest notebook. Baker stated, “The MacBook Air is still a very strong product and people like it a lot. It puts them in a good position for continued growth.”

Gotheil and Baker both believe that Apple benefited from the minor bounce back in the overall PC business from the previous quarter, though for different reasons. Gotheil believes that users with aging PCs running Windows (likely ones bought around 2008-2009) picked a Mac as a replacement/upgrade whereas Barker believes there is a different reason for the spike.

“Some of these Macs, I think, went to people who had bought a tablet thinking that it would be a replacement PC,” said Baker. “But then those consumers said, ‘Tablets are nice and I like tablets, but a notebook is still a better idea.’ In the developed economies, that’s a dynamic that is operating.”

In addition to that, all three analysts noted that one potential reason for the increase in sales was the price drop that Apple instituted for the MacBook Air line back in April. Apple decreased prices of all four stock model MacBook Airs by $100 and, for the first time, offered a sub-$900 Air, selling the 11″ 128GB Air for $899 to consumers and $849 to college students and parents of students. Gotheil added, “The MacBook Air is a more attractive choice with those price cuts, and it’s a pretty robust notebook.”

Potential Processing Power Upgrades Coming To iMac, Retina Display Still In Question

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Apple News And Rumors, Computer, News | Posted on 11-06-2014

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Apple logoRumors have been circulating recently of Apple revamping a lot of its hardware, namely with the iMac and MacBook devices. These rumors aren’t surprising due to the fact that Apple is pretty consistent in its timeframe of upgrades, so much so that you can practically set your watch by it. But one interesting bit of information that is making its rounds is the fact that Apple could be looking into boosting the processor speed of the next version of iMacs.

As far as looks go, the iMac has stayed pretty consistent since its last redesign in 2012, instead focusing on minor upgrades in processing power that have benefited the device a good deal. It is still up in the air as to when exactly Apple may do a physical redesign again to the already impressively slim all-in-one but a lot of users are keeping their fingers crossed for other enhancements, most notably a higher screen resolution thanks to a Retina display.

However, French blog site MacGeneration recently debuted a report that suggests that Apple is planning on refreshing the iMac lineup as early as next week with speed upgrades. MacGenerations talked about all four iterations of the iMac and the potential upgrades that could be coming to each one.

The $1,499 21.5″ 2.9 GHz iMac could see CPU speeds increase 0.1 GHz to 3.0 while the Turbo Boost feature, which manages individual cores of the processor automatically for increased efficiency in both power and performance, would increase to 3.7 GHz from 3.6. The $1,299 21.5″ 2.7 GHz iMac wouldn’t receive any upgrades at all, at least as far as MacGenerations is concerned.

The $1,799 27″ 3.2 GHz iMac would see processing speeds increase 0.1 GHz as well to 3.3 accompanied with the Turbo Speed increase from 3.6 GHz to 3.7 GHz. The final version of iMac, the $1,999 27″ 3.4 GHz model, would also see a 0.1 GHz increase to 3.5 with the Turbo Speed performance increasing from 3.8 GHz to 3.9 GHz.

However, all of these speed increases are for the basic models. For a small price increase users are already able to increase both processing speed and Turbo Boost when configuring their device. If these reports hold true then it appears as if some Apple fans will be disappointed as no Retina display has been announced for any of the iMac variations.

Rumors of Apple bringing the Retina display to the iMac have been circulating for some time now. Apple released a 5120 x 2880 wallpaper image a year ago that hinted at the Retina display was coming to the iMac as well as Apple’s external models. The MacBook Pro lineup has had Retina displays for quite awhile now, as has the iPhone and iPad, but Apple has yet to bring it to the iMac or the MacBook Air, which is frustrating potential customers.

There is one solitary clue, however, that alludes to this year being the year of the Retina iMac. Code has been discovered in the beta of Apple’s recently-announced OS X 10.10 Yosemite operating system that points to higher-resolution settings for an unknown computer that could very well be the iMac.

Unfortunately for us that is all purely speculative hearsay and nothing has been set in stone. Not everyone is in favor of the iMac getting the Retina display, however. Customers seem to be a little divided on the topic with some thinking that a Retina display on the iMac is awesome while others believe it to be a bit too much. What about you? Are you eager to see the iMac come out with a beautiful Retina display?

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A 12″ Macbook Air Is Coming Along With A Low Cost iMac!

Posted by Michael Luciano | Posted in Apple News And Rumors, Computer, News | Posted on 16-04-2014

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It’s hard to hear the name “Apple” and then place the word next to the term “affordable”. This isn’t to bash on Apple, but as the old adage goes, “you get what you pay for”, right? Apple provides excellent products, usually all are very high-end. However, with high-end products come high-end prices. The iMac and even the Macbook aren’t considered the most affordable of tech devices, but they are always seen as some of the best tech you can get your hands on. You would think that with all of the competitors out there offering lower costs, and most succeeding at emulating what Apple can do, they would try to compete themselves and offer lower prices on some of their tech. Well thankfully, that looks to be in some of Apple’s plans this year.

Apple’s product road map for the year of 2014 has pointed out some interesting things. First and foremost in a new ultra slim 12″ Macbook Air. The map revealed more on the iWatch, and new sizes in iPhones, but more so revealed a new low cost iMac as well.

The new Macbook Air seems to be the thing that most everyone is concerned with, in terms of new laptops coming out later this year. The new Air is expects to do away with the two different sizes which its predecessor had. The new Air is rumored to be 12″ instead of offering an 11″ or 13″ model this time around. According to Ming Chi Kuo, a KGI Securities representative who is quite psychic when it comes to Apple rumors, the 12″ model is thought to be a fusion of the two previous Air models. The 12″ model will still offer the portability of the 11″ model while maintaining the efficiency and productivity of the 13″ model as well. Kuo has also predicted that the new Air model will be host to an ultra high definition display as well. It’s rumored that it will, in fact, be a retina display model to match that of the Retina Macbook Pro model. Yet another rumor of the new Macbook Air is that it will actually (somehow) be thinner and lighter than the preceding model was/is. It seems next to impossible to make this happen, but there are a few speculated specs that show how this could be possible.

As with any laptop, there are a few things that must be included within the casing to make it work. However, there is one thing that you may think would be needed in a high end laptop that the new Air will not include: a fan. This will no doubt make the laptop slimmer, but hopefully the notebook will be able to retain high power output without needing to be cooled down by a fan. There is said to also be a buttonless trackpad. The trackpad will now be responsive to pressure instead of the clicking of buttons.

Kuo again talked of the lower cost iMac expected to come out later this year. Obviously no one knows how “low-priced” it will be, but on the roadmap for Apple, it looks to come out halfway through the second quarter of 2014. The new iMac has been lowered in cost to compete with other companies that offer lower prices (funny how I mentioned that same thing at the beginning of this article). The new Macbook Air, however, isn’t expected to be out until late, possibly the end of this year.

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Apple Opens First Physical Store In South America To Thousands Of Supporters

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Apple News And Rumors, News | Posted on 17-02-2014

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Whether you are crazy about Apple’s products or not I think there is one thing we can all agree on and that’s the fact that Apple’s physical stores are pretty cool. Not only are they bright, inviting and slightly futuristic looking but they also allow you to literally pick up and play with every single device that Apple currently has on the market. Plus they also allow you to bring in your Apple products for repair, allowing you to get them fixed by true Apple professionals.

So that is why it is no surprise that over a thousand people showed up to the grand opening of the very first Apple store in South America. Over 1,700 people came to the Village Mall in Rio de Janeiro’s famous Barra de Tijuca neighborhood this past weekend to check out Apple’s first physical venture in the country.

You would have thought it was Black Friday in Rio as potential customers started standing in line on Friday. Around 163 people stayed overnight for a chance to be one of the very first customers through the doors when they opened on Saturday morning.

According to the local Brazilian newspaper the Globe, Apple had anticipated as many as 1,500 people to attend the store’s grand opening with the company being more than overjoyed when that number was easily surpassed by the eager Apple junkies. Apple’s own CEO Tim Cook even took to Apple’s Twitter feed to show his appreciation for the country’s support and to those who visited, which is the first time Cook has done something like this for a store opening.

The picture (seen below) was accompanied by the text “‘Obrigado’ to everyone who visited our new store in Rio de Janeiro today and to our terrific customers across Brazil!” For those of you who don’t speak the language, “Obrigado” is Portuguese for “thank you”.

South American Apple Store

South America, with special attention on Brazil, is becoming a very important market for Apple as the company seeks to expand beyond traditional markets in the United States and Western Europe. Brazil is home to a very large population that has a fast-growing economy along with an expanding middle class.

While the out pour of support for this Apple store in Brazil is definitely a great start for Apple in the country, the company still has some hurdles to overcome. Brazil has some of the highest import taxes around, meaning Apple’s products almost twice as much as they do in the United States. Apple has, however, started manufacturing some devices in Brazil, perhaps as a way make some products more affordable for Brazilian natives.

The future for Apple in Brazil is still unclear, though if this showing of support for the first retail store in the country is any inclination then Apple could very well have stepped into a very lucrative market. The next best thing for Apple to do now is to find a way to make products cheaper, or at least comparable, for South American consumers.

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Which One Is Right For You? Mac or PC?

Posted by Erika Blasko | Posted in Computer | Posted on 14-01-2014

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Windows or an Apple computer? It’s a discussion that invites flame wars with many people. Before we get into the differences between both of these wonderful machines, we need to first establish some definitions. Comparing Apple computers that run Mac OS X and computers running the Windows operating system, better know as Microsoft, Dell, etc.

Ever since the Apple computers, especially the MacBook Pro’s, sales have been increasing. Why is that? Is it the layout of the system, the design? The fancy perks Apple gives its users like photo booth, iMovie and easy access to iTunes? It could be for many young users.Keep in mind that Apple computers account for less than 5 percent of computers worldwide. It is the sales of the companies popular iPhones, iPods and iPads that provide a strong boost for Apple’s overall earnings.So overall, which one is better, Mac or PC?

Here are a few pointers on their differences:

Price:
To start off you have to compare the prices of both. Apple prices their computers very high, rarely under $1,000. Especially if you want to pay another $200+ on battery insurance. Many of Mac users, especially young college students say it is truly worth it though. The problem with comparing prices between Macs and PCs is that the value of a Mac or PC depends on the consumers personal needs. Depending on what you want to spend on a laptop or monitor is completely up to you.

Technical:
Believe it or not Macs and PCs have very similar internal parts (processors, RAM, hard drives, video cards) but the speed and capacity vary. Overall Macs will outperform low-end PCs because Apple typically boast more expensive and better quality parts. But many PC’s will preform just the same as Macs will for possibly a cheaper cost. Since Apple controls the hardware and software bundles, as well as model updates, every Mac operates smoothly without worry on lagging, and have stable and expected performance. With PCs, different OEMs and custom PCs might not have the suitable drivers released for every components in each OS version, which may cause lagging.

Virus Attacks:
Since Macs aren’t as popular as the hundreds of companies that run Windows, there are fewer malware written to target Macs. Most virus writers target Windows systems because it is the popular desktop choice. Although the threats of Macs getting virus’s are growing from software like Java.

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The iPhone 5S/5C, What’s The Difference?

Posted by Erika Blasko | Posted in Device | Posted on 19-11-2013

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5cAs we all know, Apple comes out with a new upgrade or device every few months. Most people can’t keep up with the constant advances. But, recently Apple launched it’s new iPhone 5, not too long ago. Since then it’s been restyled and perfected into the most high-tech smartphone up to date.There are two types, the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C, but what’s that differences between the two? Understanding the differences in these two phones can be tricky, except the obvious difference, the new color choices of the phones. The iPhone 5C is rumored to be Apple’s “low-cost” iPhone choice for consumers.  Prices depend on how many GB you purchase. A 16GB is around $100 USD, and a 32GB is priced around $199 USD. The iPhone 5S is more expensive, ranging from $199-$399 USD when purchased with a two-year contract. The iPhone 5S also offers more storage options, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB being the largest storage capacity.
Most differences are in the phone’s hardware inside the phone. Both models are quite fast, but the iPhone 5S has a faster processor than the 5C. If you like colored phones, then the 5C is for you. The 5C uses a plastic body that comes in multiple bright color choices (blue, red, yellow, green, white), where as the 5S uses a metal body in only three colors (white, black, gold). The newest high-tech advance on the 5S is the built in fingerprint scanner on the home button on the front of the phone and the new camera features. The fingerprint ID scanner provides extra security rather than just entering a passcode to unlock your cellphone.The iPhone 5C still has two cameras, like the 5S, one on the front and one on the back. The user-facing camera on the 5C is a 1.2 megapixel camera with 720p HD video, while the back camera is a 8 megapixel camera and can take 1080p HD video recordings.

Whether you find yourself a colorful iPhone 5C user, or high-tech 5S smartphone user, both iPhone’s perform basically the same with differences in quality, how quickly information loads and different features. Overall, the iPhone 5S has been the most popular choice amongst consumers for the upcoming holiday season. Many users of the iPhone 5S report positive feedback about its performance.

Plastic iPhone: Bonus or Bomb?

Posted by cpwilder | Posted in Computer, Computer Accessories, Device, iPad | Posted on 10-07-2013

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AppleSupposedly there is an iPhone 5S in the works that will run about $350 and is made of plastic.  One has to wonder if this is the answer to the “champagne taste vs. beer budget” dilemma for so many consumers.  Analysts are encouraging big tech firms to consider marketing more to the low-end Smartphone market in order to push sales and generate profits.  They contend that the upper-end market is already overcrowded.

It looks like, if rumors are true, Apple has taken note of the analysts’ suggestions and have been working on a plastic iPhone.  Sources behind the leaked information say the device is polycarbonate and the screen will stay at the same 4-inches as the iPhone 5.  Overall it is said to have most of the same specs and features being carried over with only a couple of minor downgrades and the outer materials to keep costs at a minimum.

Rumor has it the new unlocked iPhone 5S Light will come in a variety of bold colors to appeal to both younger and older consumers.   But the price will be the attention grabber and will undoubtedly make a huge difference when it comes to appealing to lower-end markets.

The real question is:  will mainstream markets consider $350 affordable?

Smartphones are definitely a very personal choice that put a real hit on the wallet if you choose to get the latest and greatest of features, name brand and apps.  Maybe Apple has the right idea with making a more “disposable” type phone.  Especially in the business market, providing every employee with a smartphone could have its advantages but could prove to be too expensive for some budgets, especially a small business.   An iPhone 5S Light could also be the perfect answer to all those parents who dread the phrase, “I just dropped my phone and its broken!”.