Apple to bring out cheaper iPhone line.

Bestill my beating heart.

Apple is reportedly ready to return to the low-cost phone market after an absence of four years. The company plans to begin production on a cheaper iPhone in February, with an official unveiling coming as early as March, sources tell Bloomberg.

The handset — believed to be comparable in size to the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 from 2017 — would be Apple’s first low-cost smartphone since 2016’s $399 iPhone SE.

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Has @doldo411 actually gotten hold of the new iPhone 6?

Well, he says that he did – but,t o be frank about it, it’s usually pretty hard for me to tell one kind of iPhone apart from the other. Although, admittedly, if this story is true then the news would be red-hot…

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My review of the Amazon Fire Phone.

Bottom line is… the Amazon Fire Phone is a phone, sorry. I don’t speak uber-tech, or whatever: I can tell you that the phone is big enough to be able to see things on it; that it recharges pretty quick; that Twitter has been known to freeze more than that it does on my iPod; and that the map function, thankfully, works fine and can get you somewhere else even when you’ve gotten seriously lost. The layout is a lot like the Amazon Kindle Fire itself; it pulled my Kindle books over, no problem.

And, you know, you can make calls on it.

Bottom line is, there are glitches to the thing – I actually largely use it as a phone, because email and Twitter both are still a little hesitant to interface with it – but while it’s not as flashy as an iPhone the Amazon phone is also a danged sight cheaper, while doing the same basic tasks. God knows why I needed yet another electronic gadget to keep me wired, but this one hasn’t made me regret buying it yet. Although, admittedly, I need a cell phone these days anyway (and I don’t like that at all)…

What’s the bare-minimum iPhone?

As in, what can I put up on the Wish List (which also doubles as the Maybe at some point List) and not have it be a waste of a million-to-one shot if somebody buys it for me? – I just got a new phone, you see, and all the cool people have JesusPhones, but I can’t afford a seven hundred buck egoboo (I honestly wouldn’t have gotten the new phone if I didn’t need something for the RS Gathering and my new business cards). So what’s the oldest, cheapest one out there that still will spark that dazzling Cult of Jobs feeling to it?

Scenes from my “Why lie? I just want an Xbox” pledge drive.

I always appreciate it when people demonstrate how infuriated I make them.

That’s from this post, where I quoted the following:

The president then ha[d] more trouble dialing. When the call didn’t go through, he blamed Mr. Nicholson for having an insufficient cell phone plan.

So nice to see that I have such an impact on other people’s lives, isn’t it?  Here’s the donation button, again:

Hrm. Maybe I should put up one of those thermometer graphics.

#rsrh President can’t use iPhone. Naturally, he blames the owner.

Of course he did.

The president then ha[d] more trouble dialing. When the call didn’t go through, he blamed Mr. Nicholson for having an insufficient cell phone plan.

Blaming other people is the default option for Barack Obama, after all. I’d call him a one-trick pony, except that ponies are cool.

Moe Lane

Via Instapundit.

Gizmodo pushback on iPhone conspiracy theories.

It’s entertaining enough to read the reasons why, no, it’s not really Apple’s style to do a deliberate leak of a gadget that will apparently be out in June anyway and will cause the usual mutliple orga… ah, ‘excite a lot of interest.’  But it’s this paragraph which I think addresses the real reason for the furious theorizing:

Presuming this was a leak is limp thinking. Worse, it hands back the control of the story to Apple because some are more comfortable believing Apple’s machinations are infallible than that they’re a company made up of human beings who try to control the news cycle—and that even the best laid plan can fall apart because of a single human mistake.

Yup.  Don’t get me wrong; I have an old iPod.  I like it. It plays music for long car rides.  But I don’t have an emotional involvement in the company that made it.

Moe Lane

#rsrh The next iPhone found in a bar.

(Via Hot Air Headlines) And the guy who found it did what any self-respecting geek would do; he sent it in to Gizmodo, which then proceeded to subject it to a verification/analysis program that would do credit to a technology assessment team sent in to survey a flying saucer crash.  Seriously, I was wishing that we had had these people around during the Cold War, reverse-engineering and analyzing Soviet equipment; and then I realized, Hell, we probably had.

I found this seriously weird: it was the camouflage case that threw me.  Somebody was worried that people would notice that this iPhone was different from everybody else’s iPhone.  And they were apparently right.

Moe Lane

PS: Note: I own neither a JesusPhone nor a Crackberry, thus making me agnostic on this issue.