Analyst Predicts No Siri on iPhone 5C, Fingerprint Scanner Solely for Device Unlocking on iPhone 5S

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster late yesterday released a new research note to investors centered around Apple's upcoming product launches for the rest of the year, including key predictions on the anticipated low-cost iPhone, potentially named the iPhone 5C.

    In his note, Munster predicts that the iPhone 5C will not come with Siri, the intelligent personal assistant within iOS, and that the device will replace the iPhone 4S at the bottom of the iPhone lineup. Munster also believes that the lower-cost iPhone will sell for an estimated $300 off-contract.
    Munster apparently believes that omitting Siri from the iPhone 5C would help differentiate the lineup enough to limit cannibalization of Apple's more expensive iPhones by the cheaper 5C model. It would, however, seem to be an odd move given Apple's efforts to promote Siri and other voice functionality, as well as the fact that the cheaper iPhone 4S currently on the market already supports Siri.


    The analyst also makes remarks on the iPhone 5S, stating that the phone will indeed incorporate a fingerprint sensor into the home button, but that the feature would be limited to user authentication.
    The phone is otherwise expected to follow Apple's upgrade patterns in processor speed and battery life, moving to a new custom A7 chip while featuring more memory and other spec bumps. Munster expects Apple's new iPhone lineup to feature the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5, and low-cost iPhone, which contradicts an earlier report last month which stated Apple would discontinue production of the iPhone 5 alongside the launch of the iPhone 5S and lower cost iPhone.

    Munster also makes predictions on the upcoming iPad line and other products, stating that October would be the likely release month for the fifth-generation iPad and the new iPad mini. The analyst, who has for many years been a proponent of the idea that an Apple television is right around the corner, also states that Apple is likely to introduce a new TV device before the end of 2013, with a 70% chance of the product shipping within the first half of 2014.

    Finally, Munster believes that a rumored larger-screen iPhone and the rumored "iWatch" will arrive by mid-2014.

    Last week, news hit that Apple would unveil its next generation iPhone at a September 10 event, but it remains unclear if the low-cost iPhone will also be revealed at that time. Apple is also expected to introduce the fifth-generation iPad as soon as next month, with an updated iPad mini rumored to be following fairly soon after.

    Article Link: Analyst Predicts No Siri on iPhone 5C, Fingerprint Scanner Solely for Device Unlocking on iPhone 5S
  2. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    There's no way Siri won't make it to the 5C.

    It runs on a 4S, it will run in he 5C.

    Munster doesn't have a good record on anything, especially the Apple TV the last few years. His predictions in this article are the same as the rumors we have read.
  3. Andy-V macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2007
  4. TheRainKing macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2012
  5. this is funah macrumors 6502

    this is funah

    Oct 13, 2005
    Berlin, Germany
    Apple Execs:
    "We have to find a way to make the iPhone 5C worse than the iPhone 5S, because we dont have the ideas to make the iPhone 5S that much better than a cheap model."
  6. jake0112 macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2012
    If Siri was put on the ipad mini, then I imagine it will be on the cheaper iPhone
  7. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    If no Siri for the 5C then it's not due to hardware. Must be due to Apple not wanting its servers to get crushed.
  8. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    Sounds like another Analyst randomly guessing try to be the one who was "right" and saying to everyone that they are so great they predicted it. Yeah, I don't think so, no way they are dropping Siri; I be it will be more expanded.
  9. 3282868 macrumors 603

    Jan 8, 2009
    Gee, I wonder if the plastic will be anything like the 3G/3GS models (Apple just settled a ~$155 million dollar class action suit citing the 3G/3GS models suffered from known defects of which Apple charged costumers for replacements)

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  10. chleuasme macrumors 6502

    Apr 17, 2012
  11. Aidyn's X macrumors regular

    Mar 25, 2010
    I agree on the falsehood of this claim. This is a 4S or 5 replacement phone. There is no reason for them to get rid of a flagship feature like that.

    But we all know that analyst's predictions are always right /s
  12. Elijahg macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2005
    Bath, UK
    Can we have an option in MacRumors settings to hide all stories that originate from analysts? I can come up with something like the iPhone 5C won't have 64gb storage and will start with 8gb instead of 16, does that make me an analyst?
  13. AnorexicPig macrumors 6502


    Dec 12, 2012
    Winnipeg,Canada/New Delhi India
    Replace 4S ? Don't think so,it will replace both the 4S and 5. And seriously 300$ off-contract is a pipe dream. Should be at least 400$ .
  14. spazzcat macrumors 68030


    Jun 29, 2007
    You know there isn't really much else left for phone at this point. It will just be gimmicks on all fronts.
  15. Aidyn's X macrumors regular

    Mar 25, 2010
    Maybe they took a break (no pun intended) from the plastic case so they could perfect the method to make it. I have no doubt that this plastic will be made using a "revolutionary" process. :rolleyes:
  16. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    I think it's doubtful that the 5C would lack Siri. It comes across as blatant "decontenting." Remember, the 5C likely isn't going to be a $300 device. It will likely be a $450 device replacing the 4S in the US and Europe. The design may give them the flexibility to introduce a cheaper version for emerging markets, and potentially where Siri hasn't been adapted for the local language it might be deactivated, but I don't see that in the big markets.

    I also think that although the initial use of the fingerprint scanner may be device unlocking, it would be silly for Apple to limit it to that. Link it to Passbook, or open up some APIs to let developers use the technology, as well.
  17. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    The iPhone 5S won't get a fingerprint scanner...

    It will get a palm reader that can predict your fortune.
  18. 3282868 macrumors 603

    Jan 8, 2009
    It'll be "magical" :p

    (thank god Jobs didn't have his way naming the iPhone the "Magic Phone")
  19. BaldiMac macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008
    If the lower cost iPhone were to come without Siri, I would see that as evidence that the licensing costs for voice recognition from Nuance are significant. Not some ham-handed attempt at differentiation.
  20. BJMRamage macrumors 68020


    Oct 2, 2007
    if that's the case I can see a swarm of people who have waited running out and grabbing up the iPhone 5's that Phone Carriers have in stock.

    no Siri seems very odd.
  21. Todd B. macrumors 6502

    May 1, 2013
    No offense but the amount of things that "analysts" don't know, could fill the Grand Canyon five times over.

    Who cares about rumours by analysts, who have been shown to know absolutely nothing.
  22. Noctilux.95 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 20, 2010
    The ifortune teller 5S
  23. RetepNamenots macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2009
    Well when the 5C does come with Siri, can we start ignoring this guy completely?
  24. Creep89 macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2012
    If this new plastic is as good as the old plastic on the 3G then I will buy one for my father. He destroyed one iPhone 4 and one 4S, but his old plastic iPhone 3G is still working fine despite the fact it's really slow now.
  25. Aidyn's X macrumors regular

    Mar 25, 2010
    Maybe that's the whole plan. A planned rumor to sell off the rest of the iPhone 5 stock before the announcement of the 5C.;)

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