There have been unconfirmed reports that Apple is looking into making a smaller version of the iPhone. Many have viewed this as a calculated move by Apple to target the low end market which is currently dominated by cheaper Android phones retailing for as low as $150 making it impossible for Apple’s flagship iPhone to compete against. The new device is rumoured to be cloud based which got me really thinking, does a cloud based iPhone really make any sense?
The first reason why a cloud based iPhone would make perfect sense is price. Compared to what users on the Android platform are paying for their devices, iPhone prices are on the higher side. At $150 and below, these Android powered devices are putting the iPhone to shame due to their affordability. The average cost of manufacturing an iPhone is pegged at $187.50. The display and the flash memory rake in the better part of the manufacturing cost. To bring down the cost, the new iPhone can compromise these two components. This is where the cloud service comes into play. With the reduced flash memory users can still enjoy their content although it is not stored locally. Also the smaller display will also push the price down.
The second reason that I could think of is independence. In the past, Apple has been criticized for making the iPhone rather dependent on computers. To get you device up and running, you have to connect to iTunes via your computer. The cloud service can help alienate this problem by allowing users to link their phones to their iTunes account on the cloud. Activation, synchronization and other activities would be done on the cloud eliminating the need for a computer. This would be a major success as it is on Android where users use Google Accounts to activate, synchronize and even backup data directly from their devices.
While the idea of introducing a cloud based iPhone is to reduce the cost of manufacturing, Apple could kill two birds with one stone. If the new IPhone relies more on cloud services, users will have no option but to pay more for data and storage services. Based on the demand created, Apple can be able to position itself as the sole provider of these services. By using already existing infrastructure or contacting other carriers, Apple could reap massive gains from the emergent data market. However, this would make more sense to Apple than to the average consumer who may spend lesson the device but spend more on data.
In the last few years, Apple has revolutionized how the app market works. Although other platforms like Android are slowly catching up, it will take quite some time. While this is in the offing, Apple can take the opportunity to change the app market once more. The new iPhone is limited in terms of memory but the number of apps that one can install needs not be limited by the same. Apple can change the game by motivating developers to build incorporate cloud storage into their apps. Apple could also introduce a system whereby a user purchases an app for predetermined periods of time. Once the period of time elapses, the user can decide whether to renew subscription or cancel the same resulting in an automatic removal of the app from memory.
Cloud computing allows manufacturers to remove the cap on computing that is placed on their devices by the limited hardware. With this in mind, Apple’s use of the cloud service can help reduce the limitations of computing ability available on its devices by using computing power available on the cloud.
Author Bio:- Michael Clark wrote this article. He is a very fine tech blogger and love to write about new technology. He wrote on erp cloud and got a good audience for that article.