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Apple May Introduce 8GB iPhone 5s and Lower-Cost iMacs at WWDC

iphone-5sApple may introduce a new 8GB iPhone 5s model for emerging markets and the much-rumored lower-cost iMac at next week's Worldwide Developers Conference, according to a new research note from KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo.
As iPhone 5S is a highly popular model, we predict Apple may launch an 8GB version to boost market share in emerging markets.
Kuo notes that Apple may not announce the new 8GB iPhone 5s model on-stage at WWDC, but will possibly debut the phone around the same time.

In addition, Kuo predicts that a lower-cost iMac is likely to debut as well, following up his earlier report and rumors that were fueled after shipping estimates for the machine began to slip in Apple's Online Store. Earlier today, references to new iMac models appeared in OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 beta before it was pulled from the Mac App Store and Developer Center.

Finally, Kuo notes that if Apple does in fact launch a smart home software platform that it will likely involve iCloud, iBeacons and Airplay. Both iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 are expected to debut at the conference as well.

WWDC 2014 will kick off on June 2 with a keynote address from CEO Tim Cook at 10 AM Pacific Time.

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21 weeks ago

When will people stop saying this every time an article mentions "8GB xxx"?


When it stops being true.
Rating: 52 Votes
21 weeks ago
8GB is barely enough to hold the OS and 5 of the most popular apps. Time to go 16/64/128 Apple. It costs them pennies to add that much storage. Having an 8GB phone these days is just insulting.
Rating: 47 Votes
21 weeks ago
Serious question, what's the difference in wholesale cost between 8GB and 16GB? 50 cents? A dollar? And this will miraculously allow the phone to be priced so it can be sold in emerging markets?
Rating: 22 Votes
21 weeks ago
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Rating: 16 Votes
21 weeks ago
They just dropped 3 billions. They need to cut down costs somehow.
Rating: 16 Votes
21 weeks ago
The cheaper iMac I get, yeah that's great and all...

But an 8GB 5S? My friend's 16 Gig is almost full, and he has almost nothing on the phone. Hell, even my 64GB is feeling cramped with the size of apps these days.

With the iPhone 5C in existence - my only question is WHY.
Rating: 15 Votes
21 weeks ago

we can't innovate, so lets just make our products cheaper... you know, reduce capacity, capabilities, and align ourselves with the robust and highly meaningful world of gangster rap and crappy headphones.

I'm disgusted... downloading Ubuntu now and looking for a Ubuntu Touch mobile device.


You'll be googling for HOW TO UNINSTALL UBUNTU FROM MY MAC before the nite is done. But hey, have fun!
Rating: 14 Votes
21 weeks ago
Having a device that can only record video in 1080p (unless you use a 3rd party app) with 8 GB storage doesn't make sense. The very first iPhone came in an 8 GB model and that's when there was no 3rd party app store or video recording functionality.
Rating: 13 Votes
21 weeks ago
So, those emerging markets are not falling for the garbage 8GB 5C, so that they are making the 8GB 5S?

When will this stupidity / insanity end?
Rating: 8 Votes
21 weeks ago

The first iPhone came in 4gb... not 8.


Nope. First one that came out came in 4 and 8 GB models. Only a few months later the 4 GB model was dropped, the 8 GB model had a huge price cut. And only 6 months later, they came out with a 16 GB model of the original iPhone.

Think about the fact that June 29, 2007 is the first day Apple started selling the 8 GB iPhone. And they're still peddling that size in some markets today.
Rating: 4 Votes

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