The rumor mill is constantly churning out rumors regarding Apple’s upcoming iPhones. The latest comes courtesy of an analyst at Piper Jaffray who claims that Apple might limit certain iOS 7 features on its low cost offering. It is believed that Apple’s virtual personal assistant, Siri, might not be made available on the iPhone 5C.
The iPhone 5C moniker hasn’t been confirmed as yet, though in recent weeks the much rumored budget iPhone has been widely linked to this name. We’ve seen purported leaked photos of the device a few times, apparently the budget offering is going to be made from polycarbonate, which allows Apple to keep costs down. It has been said that this particular smartphone will have specifications similar to that of the iPhone 5, though this is the first time we’re hearing of any functionality being limited on the device.
Gene Munster, the analyst at Piper Jaffray writes in a research note to investors that Apple is likely to replace iPhone 4S with the iPhone 5C, pricing the latter around $300. This seems like a smart move, seeing as how the iPhone 4S would be offered free on contract when the iPhone 5S comes out, replacing it with a contract-free iPhone 5C that costs $300 could earn Apple a decent amount of money.
As far as Siri is concerned, it is believed that special noise cancellation technology is required to be baked in to the processor in order for Siri to work flawlessly. Apple has reportedly been working hard on keeping costs down with this particular iPhone, perhaps the internal hardware package isn’t beefy enough to support the virtual personal assistant. Though it should be noted that the fifth generation iPod touch that Apple released last year does support Siri. Munster reiterates rumors of a September launch event for both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, expecting market release in October.