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Technology » What we’re likely to see in the next iPhone when it’s announced Sept. 10.


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There may not be any surprises that we don’t already know — beta versions of the operating system have been trickling out to developers for some time.

But there is one thing about the operating system that could be the phone’s most important advancement — how much it saves on battery life. Apple has touted that the OS uses intelligent programming to help save battery power. If that results in significantly prolonged battery life, that could be one of the phone’s killer features.

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Cheaper iPhone » If Jobs were still alive today, this is one of those times when he would state his famous line, "One more thing. . ."

Apple is expected to announce a new cheaper iPhone 5 — some say it will be dubbed the "iPhone 5C" — that will have a plastic case, possibly come in different colors and have fewer features than the iPhone 5S.

How much cheaper the phone will be than the standard iPhone’s $199 price tag, no one seems to know, but it could replace Apple’s long-held practice of selling a new iPhone and then lowering the price of its 1- and 2-year-old iPhones. It’s possible Apple could stop selling the iPhone 5 or the iPhone 4S after the introduction of the 5S and instead sell this new so-called iPhone 5C at a reduced price.

Why a cheaper phone? Apple would love to make inroads in countries including China with the sale of a low-cost iPhone. Also, it could be a way to finally close the gap between the newer iPhones that have the larger, wider screens and the new Lightning connector with the older iPhones.

vince@sltrib.com

Twitter: @ohmytech




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