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Is Apple preparing a cheaper iPhone for developing markets in 2H 2013?

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Is Apple preparing a cheaper iPhone for developing markets in 2H 2013?
Here is a rumor that we haven’t heard for a while - Apple is reportedly pondering on releasing an affordable version of its iPhone for developing markets in 2013, Taiwanese DigiTimes reported based on its mysterious ‘industry sources’. The publication known for it hit-or-miss record with Apple rumors expects the new and cheaper iPhone to make an official appearance in the second half of 2013.

Separately, sources have speculated Apple is willing to jump to a larger screen size for the affordable iPhone as the industry shifts towards 5-inch displays. As good as this might sound to some, to our ears it is just not all that likely to happen given the recent bump to 4 inches and Apple’s 2-year release cadence.

What’s interesting is that DigiTimes points out that the success of the iPad mini is what may have pushed Apple into thinking it should also release an affordable iPhone. Further theories even match Qualcomm’s more affordable S4 models as candidates for that rumored device.

At the same time, we do know that Apple has started making its own chip designs, so it would be a bit strange for it to suddenly jump ship to Qualcomm.

Most of those are rumors we’ve heard before, but that have not really materialized. Take them with the usual grain of salt, but do let us know whether you think this time the market has changed and is ready for such a move.

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 08 Jan 2013, 04:48 6

1. hung2900 (Posts: 815; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Everything is possible with Tim Cook.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 06:18 12

12. faisolbauuz (Posts: 121; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)


Yes everything is possible with tim cook even the downfall of apple stock price is possible because of tim cook

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 11:18 3

24. cncrim (Posts: 530; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Everything come up must come down. Anyway, Tim Cook migh decide to make cheaper iphone but I extremely doubt it. Even he is CEO but Apple is public company and board direct can over rule his decision.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 22:42

29. motty (Posts: 84; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


So true

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 04:49 7

2. atsamman (Posts: 74; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


that will never happen

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 05:00 23

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3022; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


What is Apple's definition of Affordable?
That i want to know...

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 05:02 2

4. ash29 (Posts: 55; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


Maybe at the price of today's best android phone?Who knows.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 05:24 4

8. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3022; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Exactly, what i am thinking... Affordable ain't so affordable according to Apple's terms.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 05:17 10

5. mittalmailbox (Posts: 43; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


They time Apple will launch $300-400 low specification Google may launch next Nexus beast at $200-300. So who cares about Apple, Android Rock

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 06:44 3

13. Just_a_boy (Posts: 183; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


a $50 cheaper iPhone

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 11:01 2

22. ash29 (Posts: 55; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


The current Iphone is actually worth 50$.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 09:08 1

21. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2056; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


It making it with glass & aluminium & calling it affordable & selling it for 700$ -_-

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 05:18 10

6. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Cheaper iPhone, ya sure they will refurbish iPhone 3G in new form factor and release it at the same price as HTC One X or Xperia Ion...............

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 04:59

30. christumaini (Posts: 27; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)


THEY GONNA PATENT IT...LOL

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 05:23 3

7. jopancy (Posts: 67; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


Hahahahahahahahahahahaha (hint: I'm LMAO!) hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

Apple making a CHEAP model? In what universe??? whoever come out with the idea most be sniffing old wet socks.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 07:58 4

16. AmitMajumder (Posts: 84; Member since: 21 May 2012)


In a parallel universe

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 12:40

26. networkdood (Posts: 6306; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


FRINGE!!

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 05:31

9. mymobilereviews1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)


Can anybody tell me about the latest iphone available in the market.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 08:06 1

17. tech2 (Posts: 2328; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


do u live under a rock !!!!!!!!!

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 06:11

10. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


An 8gb version of the iPhone 5 will be the cheaper version,the iPhone 5's' will be 700 buck 'premium experience model by its side

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 06:16

11. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Its "affordable" as in you can afford yourself to live with just one kidney...

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 06:48 1

14. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Deja vu? We heard this every year, the cheap iPhone is always the oldest model they show at the event, first 3G, then 3GS then is going to be the iPhone 4

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 07:25 1

15. Tones (Posts: 52; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


How about cutting your excessive profit margins for everyone to benefit from?

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 08:34

18. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


apple won't make cheaper version of up to date iPhone, they will always sell their previous generation iPhone as their cheaper version, just like 3GS became the cheap and affordable iPhone

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 08:37

19. ray77 (Posts: 121; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


lm glad reason is that people was saying that apple phone is for who can afford it or who had money to buy it an look it now making phone for cheaper an who have to thank for Samsung for giving choices to the people so those hyporite can see this a affodarble phone hahaha!!! lm glad to hear that report!!!

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 08:58

20. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


This is what Apple will probably do:

Raise the price of the next iPhone 5S by a hundred dollars when it's released (From regular $200 to $300), iPhone 5 dropped to the regular "1 generation below" price of $100.

So iPhone 5S is $300 and iPhone 5 is now $100. iPhone 5S is $200 cheaper than iPhone 5, therefore making the iPhone 5 "affordable".

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 11:16

23. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6675; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


ok first of all lets get this straight. APPLE DOENS'T KNOW WHAT CHEAP means. They don't want to loose any money in their crappy stock market. ANd why bother make another article like this again when it will never happened

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 12:40

25. networkdood (Posts: 6306; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Smart move by APPLE as this would be for those consumers who live in countries that do not offer subsidized phones...good ole APPLE, always one step behind.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 12:42

27. networkdood (Posts: 6306; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


180 ppi, 480p display, 4GB storage, 256k RAM memory, 3.2MP camera, no front camera, no LTE radio...it could work, for apple

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 16:03

34. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Your right, that could work for Apple in other countries that would love to have the iPhone. But just like here in the states, once some of the other country consumers start to realize how far their iPhones are behind the local competition they'll too realize that they are better options available.

But at least those who don't really care about the technological advances will be able to say they have an iPhone.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 16:06

35. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


The display resolution might be a little to high for Apple taste. I'm thinking they may consider VGA, just to make sure they make a nice profit.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 13:17

28. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1640; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Didn't they try this with the mini iPad? So my guess is the next iPhone will be a 2.5 inch with 2010 specs thus making it "affordable"

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 15:44

31. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


If Apple wants to remain a top player in the smartphone market, then they will have to give in to what people want. In the case of iPhones, people want a bigger screen right now.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 15:49

32. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I personally think they are going to have to bring more to the table with the next iPhone like a quad core or some sort because all the other major players are bringing highend quad cores to the market. I wouldn't worry to much about the camera because chances are Apple's 8MP camera will be adequate to keep up with first generation 13MP cameras.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 15:58

33. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


If Apple continues to not listen to consumers, they will single handly cause more damage to themselves than other manufacturers will be able to.

Apple can't afford for it's consumers to jump ship and give Android a try now because chances they won't go back. Even average performance Android phones will seem impressive with all the technological enhancements.

Just look at what's happened so far, Apple felt they needed to create the Apple Mini for the lower end market. Now they are considering create a inferior version of the iPhone for other countries that can't afford the standard issued version.

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