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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84 months ago

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


When it stops being true.
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84 months 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.
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84 months 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?
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84 months ago
They just dropped 3 billions. They need to cut down costs somehow.
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84 months 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.
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