Welcome to a new era for the iPhone. Yesterday’s announcement of the iPhone 5 was stated as, “The best thing to happen to the iPhone since the iPhone”. And while the features and new design aesthetics are drool worthy, there are some things to note with regard to price both to consumers and developers. The good folks over at Velti were quick to produce some statistics surrounding these new associated costs of owning an iPhone 5 – let’s take a closer look.
Arguably the largest point of discussion surrounding Apple’s greatest iPhone iteration to date, lies within the new 8-signal connector port. So, why all the hub-bub about a new connector? Well, if you have owned any iPhone model in the past, as I have (3G, 4, 4S), then you most likely have a drawer dedicated to the recognizable 30 pin connectors and you most likely have accessories that utilize this connector as well – car chargers, alarm clocks, radios, charger bases, docks, etc. This change to the 8 signal connector will now cause this group of iPhone owners to shell out more dollars to buy conversion accessories to utilize their existing accessories.
Velti has taken this into consideration in their calculation of associated costs for iPhone owners, both existing and new. Those who want to upgrade to 5 are definitely more pissed about having to make these purchases, and rightfully so. The infographic below shows some of the new associated costs due to not only the new 8 signal connector but also the new increase in screen size.
Consumers aren’t the only ones effected by these new changes, developers are also having to face some new hurdles. iOS developers will now have to build for a different screen size, and this will attribute to a 15% increase in dev time (2 – 4% for design efforts and 7 – 10% for development). The new iPhone 5 will bring with it an even more beautiful screen resolution. This too will add to development time by adding 12% more time in dev efforts.
People will gripe. That’s just the nature of the world. I don’t blame apple for making changes, as long as the benefits outweigh the associated costs of ownership. But, let’s be honest – we are all gonna dish out the dollars for this beast of a phone. Am I right?