updated 10:50 am EST, Mon February 14, 2011
Would make device dependent on cloud streaming
The rumored upcoming budget iPhone model will drop local media storage completely, a Cult of Mac source claims. Whereas the iPhone 4 sports up to 32GB of storage, the new budget phone -- likely secondary to a flagship model -- may only have just enough memory to buffer streaming media. "It would be a mostly cloud-based iOS," the person says.
Users of the phone would allegedly become dependent on an upgraded MobileMe to stream movies, music and photos. Such a service is backed by a report from the Wall Street Journal, and could be the reason behind Apple's new North Carolina data center. The facility is extremely large, and Apple has been secretive about its purpose.
The budget iPhone has been described as half the size of an iPhone 4, closer in dimensions to something like the HP Veer. The device is believed to be much lighter than its predecessors, and also equipped with an edge-to-edge touchscreen. It would more importantly drop substantially in price, costing $300 off-contract instead of Apple's normal $600-700. MobileMe may switch from costing $99 a year to being free.