14 September 2012
iPhone 5 pricing
Apple's marketing genius, puts out alleged 'leaked' photos, to generate public interest in an otherwise uneventful product.
Apple deliberately chokes the technology given to the consumers, and lock the consumer out of the products capable features.
Bluetooth is a communications protocol invented by the Swedish firm Ericsson, and (nick)named after the Danish King Harald I, who had the ability to liaise with non communicative tribal groups during his reign circa 958 AD.
Apple has deliberately retarded the bluetooth technology so much so, that a Palm OS device from 10 years ago has better bluetooth connectivity, than the current incarnation of Apple's iPhone 4S, as a result Apple insulting the tribute to King Harald I.
Apple's 'bluetooth' should be attended to by an orthodontic engineer, and their current uneducated medieval tooth extractor be given the guillotine.
If such an insult were done to Apple's founder Steve Jobs, there would be an international incident hatched over the internet.
From Cnet's website, www.cnet.com/iphone-5
Release date and pricing
The iPhone 5 will be available in three capacity models, all of which will come in black and white versions. The 16GB is $199, the 32GB $299, and the 64GB $399. On September 21, it will go on sale in nine countries: the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Anyone in that first batch of countries can preorder starting September 14. More countries will follow by the end of this month, and by the end of the year, the iPhone 5 will land at 240 carriers in 100 countries. As a reminder, the U.S. carriers are the Big Three: Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint.
Mentioned in the above text is the pricing for the new iPhone 5:
iPhone 5 16GB - $199, iPhone 5 32GB - $299, iPhone 5 64GB - $399
The current exchange is 1AUD = 1.0588 USD
For example, from an 'Aussie' telco provider, Virgin, the current price for a 16 GB iPhone 4S is $824, or a staggering 4 times more than the price of a new iPhone 5 from the United States.
Whilst there can be excuses from telcos, governments, multinationals etc, as to the high pricing structure of electronic goods for Australian consumers, the bottom line is that the consumer is being blatantly ripped off.
All in good faith without the blink of an eye from the spineless Australian consumer watchdog the ACCC.