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As we found out during last week’s We Ask You discussion about smartphone operating systems Besides Android & iPhone, Is There Room for Another Mobile OS? [We Ask You] Besides Android & iPhone, Is There Room for Another Mobile OS? [We Ask You] With so many people owning smartphones, and their constant desire to upgrade to a better model, it's no wonder that more manufacturers are trying to get a foothold on the bottom rung of the ladder.... Read More , Apple has a rabid fanbase who will defend their chosen team against the bullying behemoth that Android has become. But what will the faithful make of Apple’s latest hardware offerings, due to be announced in September?

Anyone who spends any time reading technology sites on the Interweb will know that Apple news and rumors form a hefty chunk of some sites’ output. The last month has seen an uptick in the sheer weight of stories surrounding Cupertino and what Tim Cook, Jony Ive, and co. have in the works.

One new iPhone is going for gold, the other is going cheap. And Steve Jobs Instant Inspiration: Watch Steve Jobs' Greatest Ever Speeches Instant Inspiration: Watch Steve Jobs' Greatest Ever Speeches Not everybody is a fan of Apple. Nor was everybody a fan of Steve Jobs, one of the two Steves who founded the company, and the one who turned it from an also-ran into the... Read More is spinning in his grave.

This Week’s Question…

We want to know, Will You Be Buying Either A “Gold” iPhone Or “Cheap” iPhone? You can, of course, also tell us if you’re not interested in buying either. But we want to know the why and wherefore beyond just a simple Yes or No.

The “gold” iPhone isn’t going to be gold in the literal sense. Instead, it will be a color option on the new iPhone 5S, or whatever the successor to the iPhone 5 ends up being called. According to AllThingsD, this will be an “elegant” gold tone that is more “champagne, not ingot.” Still, gold is gold, and on an iPhone it’s going to look rather bling.

Will you be buying a gold iPhone? Was this a necessary move on Apple’s part in order to hold on to the market share it currently has? Is Apple obsessed with appealing to the Chinese market at the expense of the rest of the world?


The “cheap” iPhone isn’t going to be all that cheap, just a little cheaper than the premium iPhone. In fact, Apple could push the price of the premium product up to accommodate the iPhone 5C (as it is being referred to) at the old price point. That would mean Apple taking its premium pricing policy to a new level.

Will you be buying a cheap iPhone? Should Apple be trying to compete at the lower end of the market? Is this a sign that the company is worried about how far ahead Android is in terms of overall market share?

Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, the respect of other readers, and a T-shirt. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to the MakeUseOf readership. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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  1. Marius G
    August 24, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I'll probably go for broke (potentially literally) and get the all singing, all dancing version. But, if its the same type of jump that the 5 was from the 4S, I would definitely consider a change to Android from my current 4S.

  2. Darrin
    August 24, 2013 at 3:51 am

    I am looking forward to the 5s. I would rock the gold 4 sho!!!

  3. Darrin
    August 24, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Yes, I am looking forward to the 5s. The fingerprint sensor would be dope!!! If all the new features come through, I would def.rock the gold!!!

    • Dave P
      August 27, 2013 at 1:24 am

      The fingerprint sensor rumor seems insane, if it's real.

  4. Mimi
    August 23, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Honestly, I've had an iPhone for the last 5 years, and after my latest one, I am totally disappointed. Seriously thinking of switching over to android when contract renewal time rolls around.

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2013 at 1:23 am

      You won't know until you try. If you have friends with Android phones then trial it for a week to see if it's something you could get used to using.

  5. Gary
    August 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Buy androids and suffer within an year if not immediately (hangs, lags, malware, poor app quality, disgusting UI and pathetic support). I absolutely loathe iTunes dependency but iPhone is still miles ahead of competition - so beautifully controlled, smooth, good quality apps, gorgeous looks and amazing support. Will not go for a cheap version. A proper iPhone in black or white.

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2013 at 1:23 am

      So, a new iPhone, but not the cheap one or the gold one. Take the iTunes dependency out and even I might be tempted.

  6. D. Reid
    August 23, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    "Gold" or "Cheap"? Neither. I bought an "Expensive" iPhone less than a year ago (iPhone 5, 64GB), and I can't justify spending money on another one. Plus, the new lineup isn't really appealing to me. I'd consider the cheaper model if I lost (or broke) my current phone, but the gold is something I have no interest in. I use an Otterbox Defender case, which covers almost all the phone surface, so it wouldn't matter what color the phone itself was, since I'd never see it.

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2013 at 1:22 am

      This cheap iPhone may still be expensive by all other standards. It's only Apple fanboys that will consider this thing cheap.

  7. Donna S
    August 23, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    No gold for me ... but a cheaper version, because I have a 4 and my hubby is using a blackberry without a camera, (his old job required no camera in phone) he could use mine and I could get a new iphone.

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2013 at 1:21 am

      That sounds like a plan to me!

  8. Vipul J
    August 23, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Considering Apple's pricing strategy in the past,

    1 Gold iPhone = 4 Decent Android smartphones.
    1 Budget iPhone = 2 Decent Android smartphones.

    But I only need one phone.
    So I'll just buy 1 decent Android smartphone.. :D

    This might seem very objective, but even after endless debate you cannot justify Apple's pricing considering and comparing it with an Android smartphone with the same basic features.

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2013 at 1:20 am

      A phone is a phone is a phone. Apple fanboys do not believe this, the rest of the world does.

      • Chinmay S
        August 27, 2013 at 8:58 am

        A phone is a phone but an iPhone is not a phone. It is much more than that. iPhone is the king of phones. iPhone is the ultimate product available in the market.

    • Chinmay S
      August 27, 2013 at 7:42 am

      Do you have any definition for decent?
      iPhone and Android smartphone cannot be compared because comparison is done between 2 same level phones and iPhone doesn't have any competitor because it is the greatest phone ever.

      • Vipul J
        August 27, 2013 at 11:15 am

        Care to explain such a generalized statement?

        • Chinmay S
          August 27, 2013 at 1:40 pm

          iPhone is the only word which doesn't needs explanation.

  9. Pooky J
    August 23, 2013 at 7:17 am

    ... unless it's cheaper than $200.

  10. Anthony
    August 23, 2013 at 6:20 am

    1) I already have an iPhone 5, and I couldn't justify a new phone.
    2) If were to buy one, it would be the cheap one because, only the back is colored, and I since I keep my phone in an Otterbox, I wouldn't be able to see the back anyhow. Also I'm very careful with my electronics, never keep it out of the case, and so it wouldn't get hurt.

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2013 at 1:20 am

      I could never upgrade every year, so I guess you'll be targeting the 2014 release?

  11. Celena F
    August 23, 2013 at 5:16 am

    I would definitely not get the gold version! Though the 5s does sound cool I would like to see more about the 5c I wonder how cheap it will be.

  12. Inderpal S
    August 23, 2013 at 1:06 am


  13. John O.
    August 23, 2013 at 12:36 am

    No because:
    1) The price point will probably be out of my reach.
    2) The spec. would have to beat the Samsung S4 and the Xperia Z Ultra.
    3) I've heard there is more free stuff - cheaper apps. on the Google Play store
    for Android.
    4) My current low end, low price monthly contract Android phone meets all of my needs right now, a Sony Xperia Miro.

    Four reasons is enough I think.
    Unless I win the lottery - EuroMillions draw tomorrow or whenever very soon
    the only Apple device I will own will be my 160Gb iPod as I am not a huge fan of APPLE products.

    • Chinmay S
      August 23, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      "The spec. would have to beat the Samsung S4"
      What about the quality of iPhone? No Phone has such great quality.

      "I’ve heard there is more free stuff – cheaper apps. on the Google Play store
      for Android."
      App Store has many quality apps which no other store has.

      • Anonymous
        August 27, 2013 at 1:09 am

        I don't know, the S4 is pretty damn impressive. It all comes down to opinion though.

        • Chinmay S
          August 27, 2013 at 8:51 am

          The worst problem on S4 is overheating issue.

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2013 at 1:08 am

      There are probably more quality apps on iTunes, but for free apps with little quality control it has to be Android.

      Good luck with your lottery win... can I borrow a fiver?

  14. dragonmouth
    August 23, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Fruitco can keep the iPhones. I am buying a Firefox Phone for $80.

  15. porkpie
    August 23, 2013 at 12:17 am

    I'm not so much in it for the "cheep" iPhone as much as an iPhone made of a durable material that won't shatter. I mean, the iPhone 4's and 5's have been beautiful, but really you buy something "premium" and wonderful looking, then hide it all away in a case so you never even see what you paid so much for. Silly. Give me something plastic and durable that I can toss on a desk without the need to encase the entire thing in some ugly case that essentially makes it look like the "plastic iPhone" anyway.

    Who ever thought putting glass on the back of a phone was a good idea in the first place?

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2013 at 1:06 am

      I suspect that was Jony Ive, who really wants every product he's involved in designing to look as good as it possibly could.

      I must admit I miss the old Nokia feature phones that could truly take a battering.

  16. Arron W
    August 22, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Please, never put iPhone and cheap in the same sentence again

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2013 at 1:05 am

      Perhaps "cheaper" would be more appropriate.

  17. Mark M
    August 22, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    I ain't really an iPhone I can say no

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2013 at 1:05 am

      As someone who hates fanboys of all flavors, I'm glad to hear it.

  18. nruce willke sr
    August 22, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Sure, the gold one.

  19. Sporkupine
    August 22, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    I won't be buying anything until I see what Apple actually has on offer, rather than irrelevant speculation from Some Blog.

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2013 at 1:04 am

      It's been pretty much confirmed that there will be a gold version and a cheap version released. I mean, there's pure speculation and then there's insider knowledge and leaks. This is the latter.

      • Sporkupine
        August 27, 2013 at 1:13 am

        Fair enough. My "insider knowledge"? Apple will always release new things. But we each still die alone—wishing we hadn't obsessed over theoretical machines.

  20. Aibek E
    August 22, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    I would buy the gold one, especially if it's going to look as the one we posted about here,

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2013 at 1:03 am

      That concept iPhone looks great, but I can't see the real thing getting anywhere close to looking that good. We can but hope!

  21. likefunbutnot
    August 22, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I actually look forward to the arrival of a cheap iphone, simply because it will degrade Apple's reputation among less-savvy users in much the same way that low-end Android phones have done for Googlephones.

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2013 at 1:02 am

      I'd say low-end Android phones have degraded Google's reputation amongst tech enthusiasts, not the rest of society. But I take your point :)

      • Doc
        August 27, 2013 at 5:06 am

        Low-end Android phones have made it possible for those who can't afford the huge price tag of iPhones to have more than a feature phone; the huge variety of Android phones also make it easier to find exactly what you want at a variety of price points. Apple's "one size fits all" (until after Steve Jobs died, which made it possible for Cook to produce an iPad Mini and a widescreen iPhone 5) isn't for everyone. The fact that Android phones are getting bigger and bigger is proof enough of that.

  22. CD
    August 22, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Neither. While the iphone was a groundbreaking phone, the iphone of late has fallen behind.

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2013 at 1:01 am

      I tend to agree. Apple went through a phase of leading, but they're now following. Which is an interesting thing to watch.

  23. Doc
    August 22, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Neither. I have an iPod Touch (only reason I got it - cheap secondhand - was to play one MMO game with friends), and I can't stand iTunes or iOS. I have an Android phone, as well, and love it.

    • Dave P
      August 27, 2013 at 12:59 am

      I share your hate for iTunes. Could anything persuade you to buy an iPhone in the future?

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