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Cheaper iPhone 4 version coming soon, tip suppliers of its 8GB internal memory chip

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Cheaper iPhone 4 version coming soon, tip suppliers of its 8GB internal memory chip
An 8GB internal memory flash drive is being manufactured for a cheaper version of the iPhone 4 by a Korean company, "people with knowledge on the matter" have disclosed for Reuters. The iPhone 4's 16GB and 32GB memory chips are made by Samsung and Toshiba, so that leaves Samsung as the most likely candidate.

What's the centerpiece of this rumor, though, is the fact that Apple might be indeed readying to announce another iPhone, which all indications show will be an iPhone 4 "lite" version, with less memory, and possibly plastic casing, instead of glass, in order to keep costs in check. The rumor that spurred the idea that the shell will be made of plastic, also claimed that the new phone feels faster, indicating that the internals might be upgraded to the dual-core A5 chipset, which makes sense, with all else staying the same.

What's more, the two Reuters sources even said that this cheaper iPhone will be announced within weeks, which coincides with the rumored unveiling of the iPhone 5 sometime later in September. They also reiterated the launch of the next generation iPhone by the end of September, with improved antenna, bigger display, and an 8MP camera. The two assemblers, Foxconn and Pegatron, are said to have received a preliminary order for up to 45 million units in total of the iPhone 5.

Now, if the sources turn out correct, it's anyone's guess if this iPhone 4 "lite" will be sold worldwide, or if it will be just a local version for emerging markets carriers like China Mobile, for example, with its 600+ million subscribers.

China Mobile announced last week that the iPhone will arrive in its portfolio officially very soon, after several meetings with Steve Jobs, but didn't specify what version of it will be landing there. Apple's Tim Cook himself said in May that the iPhone won't be "just for the rich", and Cupertino is coming up with some "clever things" that would allow Apple to compete in the pre-paid market, so going downmarket on some of the most expensive iPhone 4 components, like the glass chassis and the internal memory chip might be what he meant.

source: Reuters

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posted on 23 Aug 2011, 04:10

1. medalaster1 (unregistered)


May be its true but i am sure that it doesn't come with an a5 it comes with a4.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 04:18

2. calamazoo (unregistered)


hmm, after the initial development costs for chips like the A4 and the A5, they both cost Apple about $15 to make in large quantities, so there would be no point to place the older chip there me thinks -http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/03/13/inside_apples_ipad_2_a5_fast_lpddr2_ram_costs_66_more_than_tegra_2.html

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 11:03

5. dandirk (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


If the costs are truely the same or close (they probably are not, it is always more expensive to product 2 different things vs 1)... They would still use the a4 in a "budget" device.

They would not want to take sales away from their premium product but rather capture sales from people that wouldn't buy the 5 anyways.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 08:20 2

3. Moo (unregistered)


yawn

zZzz

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 11:35

6. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


While a certain "food named" fanboy commented just yesterday how MS and Apple take their time with releases while Android pushes out crappy not ready products to compete with the releases of his almighty iDiotPhone, all I can say today is, with the i5 nearing release this "last minute money making push to release" phone goes to show you that people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
While I reminded this fellow that it would not be Android pushing out devices but the makers of the phones, Apple is both the OS and the phone maker so it is all on their shoulders.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 12:53

7. droid (unregistered)


how can you say that apple has had nothing but problems ipad 1 wifi wasnt working right iphone 4 droping calls when you hold it the wrong way and the ipad 2 the screens were bleeding so if you ask me that
FAIL FAIL FAIL

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 19:37

9. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


jajajaja.. 8ball.. dude.... is not a last minute thing... the rumors about a least expensive iphone has been as much as the SGII coming to the States.. ( looong time)....and to top it off.. is not a rush things... as everything will be the same just faster... in other words.. left over parts of the iphone 4..... Google is puching ICS to compete with the iphone5, and also rushed the honeycomb on the Zoom to compete with the ipad2... both fails.... and regarding the ICS .. I hope is as good as they say it is.. remember this. you only as good as your competition...

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