John Paczkowski

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Rich Fanboi, Poor Fanboi–Apple Mulls Upside of Going Down-Market

Apple doesn’t have a smaller iPhone in its product pipeline, but it may well have a cheaper one. Certainly that seems to be COO Tim Cook’s implication in an interview with Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi making the rounds today.

The iPhone isn’t intended “just for the rich,” Cook said, remarking that Apple has some “clever things” planned to address the prepaid market and has no intention of ceding any smartphone market share to rivals. Add to this some related comments about the company’s focus on carrier expansion, particularly in poorer countries, and it’s pretty clear that Apple is developing a more affordable iPhone.

Just what sort of form it will take isn’t clear, though Sacconaghi suggests it may be a combination of less expensive hardware and better carrier rates, or even a move to disintermediate carriers with a soft-SIM.

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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

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December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus