Despite the best efforts of tech giants including Google, the dream of a truly cashless mobile wallet remains out of reach -- but next summer, a slim black gadget could finally fulfill that goal, and it won't even require your smartphone to pay.
By now you've probably heard the jokes that the "C" in iPhone 5C stands for "cheap" on account of its supposed low price and plastic shell, but if a recent video from Taiwan bears any truth, the little guy can take a beating. There's no way to tell if the shell in the photo really belongs to an iPhone 5C, but if it is, adopters of the device may not need to worry that they're stepping down too far in quality.
If BusinessInsider is to be believed, we still don't have any concrete idea as to when the so-called "budget" iPhone will ship, but we at least have a name for it. According to what the publication identifies as an in-the-know source who doesn't actually work for Apple, the long-anticipated phone will be called the iPhone 5C. Here's to hoping that the "C" doesn't just stand for "cheap."
Now that the dust surrounding iOS 7 and the new Mac Pro is finally starting to settle, the Apple rumor mill is starting to turn its attention to other subjects--most notably, the so-called "budget" iPhone. With the recent posting of a video to YouTube by Michael Kukielka of DetroitBORG, as reported by MacRumors, those rumors are starting to assume physical form.
You may have read the rumor that Apple is building a new iPhone model to compete in the low-cost, contract-free market that Samsung pretty much dominates. There are loads of these phones on the market, with lame specs and flimsy enclosures, and it's hard to believe that Apple would ever stoop so low as to make one. But Apple's build quality had less to do with the materials it chooses and more to do with its tremendous attention to detail, even if it means struggling to meet demand.
The persistent rumors of a cheaper iPhone refuse to die, threatening to eclipse even those of Apple's so-called "iPhone 5S" expected in mid-year. But the company may have to make some compromises to get there.