Siri was first introduced on the iPhone 4S and, at this point, we’re pretty sure it can run on some mid-range hardware. That’s why it’s a bit surprising to hear that the iPhone 5C — Apple’s budget iPhone — will not offer the service. The prediction was recently made by Gene Munster, an analyst with Piper Jaffray with a pretty poor track record when it comes to reporting on Apple rumors.
Munster has a few other predictions for the iPhone 5C, too. He believes the device will cost $300 off contract but will also be available for free with a new two-year agreement. That’s possible, sure, but we’re starting to wonder why consumers would want to pick up the iPhone 5C when the iPhone 4S has a much nicer industrial design (at least compared to the leaked photos). It’s possible it will have better specs inside, and a 4-inch screen, though we know the iPhone 5C’s real target is emerging markets.
Munster’s predictions in regards to pricing could be correct, but we’re going to stop short of agreeing with him on the iPhone 5C lacking Siri. It wouldn’t make sense for Apple do ditch the product when it’s already available in the lower-end iPhone 4S. Sure, it could be used to distinguish the iPhone 5S from the iPhone 5C, but we think the hardware design and internals features are more than enough to cover that. We’ll have to wait until September 10 to know for sure.