Rumors of ‘Budget’ iPhone Won’t Die [Opinion]

There’s no way around it: the iPhone is a high-end product, as are all Apple products.  Perhaps that’s why the notion of a “budget” iPhone is taking the Internet by storm.  Even when Apple’s CEO shut down the idea of such a thing, the rumors persisted.

Along comes CNET to continue to fan the flames of gossip and rumor, citing iLounge, an Apple-themed website. CNET cites the website in claiming the rumored model, which can essentially be called a “99-cent store model,” will feature the following:

  • It will resemble the iPhone 5.
  • It will take inspiration from the iPod Touch and the iPod classic.
  • It will feature a plastic body.

iLounge’s purported sources– the standard “reliable sources,” who conveniently are too cowardly to go on record, mind you–claim that the body would be plastic. Many of the features on this low-cost phone would be similar to those found on the iPhone 5.

Of course, the rumor of a welfare-model iPhone has been around for quite some time, and yet there has been nothing official or reliable to substantiate the gossip. In fact, the highest-in-command at Apple firmly squashed the notion of such an idea.

Yet, the rumor persists.

Owners of Apple products tend to pride themselves on their ownership. It’s somewhat of a status symbol to own an iPhone, iPad, and Mac computer. Each Apple product is well-made, and those who purchase Apple products have high expectations.

It costs money to meet those expectations, which is why people are willing to pay copious amounts of money for Apple products. Offering a “budget” iPhone would be a slap in the face to each and every one of them.

The image of someone enjoying an iPhone for, say, $99 (full cost, mind you) after people paid five times that, or more, would surely be enough to drive any iPhone owner into a rage, and rightfully so.

People who seek “budget” products–a price break on the backs of others–already get handouts. They’re the types of people who are ahead of us in the grocery store line greedily getting food they don’t pay for, because we’re paying for it. They are of the ilk that are getting free medical care while we pay for ours.

Food and medical care are, in fact, necessities, but iPhone ownership is not vital. It is a privilege one must earn, unlike the food and medical care scenarios, where all one must do to get those for free is refuse to work.

Those of us who actually earn our living likely understand that pursuing a “budget” lifestyle is vulgar at best. Those of us who earn our keep deserve the iPhone.

Apple products cost.  It’s as simple and as complicated as that. Why should anyone be able to tap dance into a store and buy a “budget” iPhone? Such a concept should be enough to make anyone with a conscience sick!

An iPhone is not an entitlement. It is a privilege, a sacred privilege that should cost money. Those who are unable to meet the cost should not get a break.

The status symbol that comes with Apple product ownership, it can be argued, is somewhat lessened thanks to the numerous prepaid providers who have made the phone, intended for the affluent, available to anyone. So, then, it would be understandable if the idea of a “budget” iPhone was more than a little troubling to the average owner of an Apple product.

When evaluating rumors of this mythical, magical low-cost iPhone, keep in mind that so far the sources behind the story have been “reliable,” but anonymous. The fact that no one–absolutely no one in the know–has come forward on the record should speak volumes as to the credibility, or lack thereof, of this most pesky rumor.


[via: CNET]

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