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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?

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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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