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Low priced Apple iPhone said to take design cues from the Apple iPod touch and Apple iPhone 5

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Low priced Apple iPhone said to take design cues from the Apple iPod touch and Apple iPhone 5
When rumors started circulating about a "mini" version of the Apple iPad, Apple denied the existence of such a device up and down. But where there's smoke, there's fire and sure enough, the Apple iPad mini was finally launched. Will history repeat itself with a low priced Apple iPhone? There are similarities. Steve Jobs poo-pooed the idea of a 7 inch tablet and Phil Schiller says that there is no low priced Apple iPhone in the works. Despite the protestations of both executives, the rumors continued. We know that the Apple iPad mini proved to be a real device, and according to sources who have actually seen the low cost iPhone, this is going to be a real device too.

Phil Schiller says that there is no low priced Apple iPhone on the horizon

Phil Schiller says that there is no low priced Apple iPhone on the horizon

So what does the Motel 6 variant of Apple's iconic smartphone look like? Once again referring to those who have seen the phone, it combines design cues from both the Apple iPhone 5 and the Apple iPod touch and the classic Apple iPod. It has a 4 inch screen like the iPhone 5, and even matches the 640 x 1136 resolution of the Retina display on the 6th generation Apple iPhone. The volume buttons on the side are similar to what you see on the Apple iPhone 4, Apple iPhone 4S and Apple iPhone 5 except that they are longer and narrower like on the Apple iPod touch and the iPhone 3G/3GS. The low cost model is believed to be half a millimeter taller and wider than the Apple iPhone 5 while being 1mm thicker. According to iLounge, the budget version of the Apple iPhone "will look a lot like an iPhone 5 from the front, an iPod classic from the side, and an iPod touch 5G on the bottom—only made from plastic rather than glass or metal."

We belong to the "Where there is smoke, there is fire" club and there are just too many rumors and speculation out there for there not to be some semblance of truth to the idea that a low cost version of the iPhone is coming. It won't look as thin as the Apple iPod touch and it will be made of plastic. If earlier speculation pans out, it will be available in various colors. The sad part is that this could be what passes for innovation from Apple these days.

source: iLounge via RedmondPie





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posted on 28 Jan 2013, 15:54

1. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


fortunately there are some signs of change in design.
now the most important issue is the price.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 21:16 1

22. MONUQ (Posts: 31; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)


i don't care about features or looks or others things.....

except how much it will cost.....one and only one thing i want to see....

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 22:11 1

25. wwRGw (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)


This can be a success if "low priced" actually involves a low price. An unlocked Iphone 4 directly from Apple is $450 - a phone that came out in 2010! For much less you can get a Nexus 4. Heck even a T-Mobile GS2 for $300 from Walmart is still a pretty good deal and gets you more for your money. Since it'll likely have lower end specs, if you pay more than $300 for it you should just admit you're paying for the logo.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 04:23

34. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


nexus 4 is always out of stock , and 149$ on contract at t-mob ... google is just fooling ppl that its cheap to get better reviews

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 15:58 2

2. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6148; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


So this is a photoshop of the iphone 3g w/the iphone 4the unibody. How desperate are those people going to want a cheap iphone? Apple only cares high volume price tags so their stock can stay up

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 15:59 5

3. joseg81 (Posts: 164; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


"The sad part is that this could be what passes for innovation from Apple these days." very true, even when it's clearly a step or two down from their usual.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 16:02 2

4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2104; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Apple entering thin ice here. For a company that built it's image on high-end gadgets whether that was actually the case or not, opening up to the mid-range market pretty much destroys the image that separated them from the rest. In the end it's a risk they have to take and it's the time to do so, but 'just another company' is a mighty fall from the 'most valuable' grace, and 2011 specs like the iPad Mini got won't cut it with Sony, HTC, Nokia, Motorola, LG, Huawei, Lenovo and Samsung around.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 16:04

5. cripton805 (Posts: 907; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


If the device looks anything like theyre describing it, its going to look horrid.
iPod classic, touch, and phone merged into one doesnt sound appealing.

It sounds like the basic version will be a behemoth named Inga.

If anything they should do a cute small looking phone that resembles the current generation iPod Nano with more basic apps and such compared to their flagship. Theres a killer market for this since Android doesnt even offer a small good quality handset anymore. They pack everything into their large handsets now and give the junk to the crappy phones.

I would actually consider and iPhone nano to listen to music and do basic things like excersize and such.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 18:40

18. opensourceftw (banned) (Posts: 148; Member since: 01 Jan 2013)


Since apple seems to think doubling the memory is $100 a pop, they could in theory release a 4GB and 2GB i5 and sell it at $50 and free

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 16:04 1

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 10138; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Nice, but in want the larger phablet style model. And apple please don't call it iPhone math...pleeeeeeeaaaaaaaaase

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 16:51 3

10. amiaq (Posts: 379; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


I ll call it iPhone "aftermath"

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 16:53

11. darkkjedii (Posts: 10138; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Ok great

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 16:06 6

7. reyenrique (Posts: 84; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)


ha ha it be cheaper phone for apple fan eat those word apple fan , lol oh l mine say cheaper = affordable phone in the words of apple

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 02:07

33. BackHandLegend (Posts: 80; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)


I don't know how you or those six people comprehended what you were trying to say... But apple really has no choice. (Don't pick on me fellas I am rockin' my Evo 3D)

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 16:12 6

8. chemhaz (Posts: 159; Member since: 04 May 2012)


If consumers are not happy with the IP5, their flagship model that fails to deliver in so many areas, why would they consider a stripped down version which will disappoint further?

If I was (and thank God I'm not) an Apple consumer, I'll buy a pre-loved 4S or look elswhere....

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 23:54

27. 9thWonderful (Posts: 230; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


For the same reason that the Kindle Fire brand (a stripped down version of a android tablet) continues to destroy every other so-called high end android tablet on the market...it's not all about specs.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 16:28 1

9. belovedson (Posts: 830; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


There will be a huge push for this device. It will definitely eat into the more premium models market share. But honestly what choice does apple have.

The bigger problem is the os. I ts stale and screams old especially in comparison and conservative. It's also closed. What engineer wants to work on squares all day long. Boring and dead...

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 17:14

12. moronman66 (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


I really just find it hard to believe that they're going to do that, for the most part they have a "One-size-fits-all" business strategy, but they have been adding more products like the iPad mini... I'm skeptical, but if they prove me wrong, so be it. They don't worry about cannibalization anyways, but they do love their profit margins.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 17:20 1

13. amiaq (Posts: 379; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


iOS is like Latin, dead language. Of course it has its glory days, people still use it as reference, some people still impress with it. But hey .. it's Latin err.. iOS.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 17:29

14. AfterShock (Posts: 2226; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Ah, divisions in the camp internally and externally.
Focus lost.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 17:57

15. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Why would they make a cheap iPhone when a cheap iPhone already exist ?
IPhone 4

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 23:58

28. 9thWonderful (Posts: 230; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


bc not only is it cheap, it's vastly outdated. single-core processor, 5MP camera, lacks Siri...just to name a few things.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 08:45

36. wwRGw (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)


Will also add that unlocked from Apple an iPhone 4 is $450, which is definitely not cheap and kind of absurd for such an outdated phone.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 18:36

16. lyndon420 (Posts: 1688; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


This is different. Usually they just make it look like the previous version of the same product, only now they are going to make it look like a hodge-podge of all their previous devices. Will the iUsers even know what they're buying and why?

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 18:37

17. opensourceftw (banned) (Posts: 148; Member since: 01 Jan 2013)


"The sad part is that this could be what passes for innovation from Apple these days."

And with that, Alan is now my favorite writer here! Someone needs to call them out instead of the constant butt kissing we see from other writers here *coughmichealhcoughcough*

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 00:07

30. 9thWonderful (Posts: 230; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


Never seen Michael write anything less than a well balanced article (the few that I've read). He doesn't really express any bias towards any platform, but bc he doesn't express hatred towards Apple then he's a butt kisser? Smh...dog if you don't like Apple that's cool, but why hate on ppl that may like something diff. than you do. I thought it was supposed to be all about choices in technology, right?

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 18:45

19. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Yes! It's the perfect idea! Let's take all the past, boring model designs and put them into the creation of the next innovative device! I give you.........the iBore!

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 19:00

20. someones4 (Posts: 618; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


iPhones will always take design cues from iphones

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 21:14

21. garz_pa (Posts: 153; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


To take design cues from iPod Touch and iPhone 5? Like they look too different from one another..

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 21:27

23. MC1123 (Posts: 1231; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


I might buy this since the iPhone is over price..

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 21:27

24. MC1123 (Posts: 1231; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


I might buy this since the iPhone is over price..

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 23:31

26. Abbath (Posts: 99; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


It seems like a desperate move by Apple to capture market share! Instead of coming up with innovative features and fresh ideas for its newer devices to capture the attention of users, they are going against the image they created over the years! Apple is loosing faith in its ownself!

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 00:01

29. gallitoking (Posts: 4682; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I dont get it for years hater have been screaming for Apple to deliver more than one device a year, and now that it may happen... they keep hating... wow

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 01:24

32. cripton805 (Posts: 907; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Its not really the option. Its the type of rumors that are circulating. Youre talking about a whole other thing.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 00:58

31. neurobiologist (Posts: 66; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


Elite apple users is in reality a hostages of an ridiculous and eventully coming to a deadend company. That is so pathetic to read and see how much bugs there is, how outdated some parts is, how incompatible new things and old things are, new updates does not support some old devices, etc. And now cheaper iphone? Who does need it? Rich people are not going to be be happy from the fact of soon being a loosers, with overpriced (now officially) toys. Anyway, here in Europe, lumia and g3 is in favor. Surface pro is on demand, lot of people asking for it. But it is simply not available yet.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 07:09

35. Aeires (unregistered)


Shocker, looks just like all their other gadgets. Earphone jack on the side this time?

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