Will iPhone 5 cost $800? Apple fans outraged by price rumour
For $800, it had better be waterproof, fireproof, and be able to download food, say Apple fans
THE hotly anticipated iPhone 5 has been the subject of endless rumours in the technology world – but none have upset Apple fans quite as much as the latest tale about its price.
iPhone lovers took to Twitter today to complain bitterly about an unverified report that the new phone would cost $800.
The phrase '#800DollarsForAniPhone' fast became the most talked about topic on the worldwide social network this morning.
"It better be waterproof, fireproof, crackproof, dirtproof, bulletproof" wrote one Tweeter, astounded by the idea of paying so much for a phone. Many branded it a "rip-off", with one fan balking: "It better be able to find me when I lose it."
Others had similarly high expectations of such a costly gadget. Some hoped that it would "catch itself" if it was dropped, "turn into a jetpack" when airplane mode was on and have the ability to "download food".
It was difficult to pinpoint where the rumour began. It is thought by some that it could be a misinterpretation of an article about the target price of Apple shares, published last week. The $800 figure was mentioned in the context of brokers lowering price targets for Apple stock as customers chose not to upgrade their phones until the iPhone 5 was released.
Another source for the rumour may have come from a GamenGuide.com article, which reported that some retailers were taking pre-orders for the iPhone 5. It pointed out that a seller on the auction site, Taobao, had asked for $1,100 but GamenGuide put this down to a scam, saying "the iPhone will cost a pretty penny, but pigs will fly before it costs that much".
As Apple has not released any official price yet and the rumour remains unverified, it seems unlikely that the price is accurate. Although if Apple was after free market research to determine its price strategy – or indeed any ambitious functions for the iPhone 6 – it need look no further than its thousands of fans on Twitter who had their say today.