A lower-cost iPhone 5C in everyone's pocket Video
A lower-cost iPhone 5C in everyone's pocket Video Transcript
KARYNE: Hey, I?m Karyne Levy. Welcome to Rumor Has It! The show that rounds up the week's biggest tech rumors. And you can vote on what you think about the rumors, too, in the interactive player if you're watching on CNET. This week, Apple is at it again, and it seems that Nokia wants to help you find yourself. Let's get started. KARYNE: First up, Lumia smartphone owners will find it easier to find things that they might've misplaced, if a new rumor pans out. The Verge, citing anonymous sources, reports that Nokia plans to unveil a proximity gadget for its Lumia lineup. The sensor, called a "Treasure Tag," could be attached to all sorts of items: your keys, wallet, bike, purse. This sounds like similar devices that work with Android and iOS, but this would be specific to the Lumia line. You'd then be able to track down the location of the item directly from your smartphone using Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. Once you're close enough, the tag would emit a sound to pinpoint the exact spot. It's like a game of hot and cold, but with your phone. I can imagine that this would be useful for lots of people. The problem I have is losing my phone. So... I guess I'm screwed. KARYNE: Next up, among the millions of iPhone rumors, one that keeps popping up is that there might be a low-cost addition to the lineup that's being referred to as the iPhone 5C -- maybe "C" for "Cheap?" And as Apple's fall product reveal approaches, alleged images of the new iPhone parts are appearing with greater frequency. The latest is this photo of packaging for an iPhone 5C, which appeared on the Chinese WeiPhone discussion forum. And, a report citing worker abuse at Apple supplier Pegatron, inadvertently mentions an iPhone with a plastic cover. Annnnd, protective cases for the alleged iPhone 5C are already up on Amazon! Who is going to buy a case for a phone that doesn't even exist yet? But, I actually do think that Apple will produce a cheaper iPhone. That way everyone can have one. But how would a cheaper iPhone be different? Some might even say that going back to a plastic back would be better -- no more shattered phones, which leads to shattered dreams. KARYNE: What do you guys think? Is Apple working on a cheaper iPhone? Don't forget to vote and leave a comment, and I'll ask the CNET Council what it thinks. And the CNET Council's verdict is... YES. Three out of five CNET editors think that there will be a lower-cost iPhone, but that it won't be for the U.S. market. Interesting! KARYNE: That?s our show everyone, share your rumors at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-800-750-CNET. And tweet us! And tune in next week for more tech rumors.
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