Apple may launch affordable iPhone in low volumes to test market response

Apple may launch affordable iPhone in low volumes to test market response
Speculations about an upcoming lower cost iPhone persist and this time Apple is said to begin sales of this device at low initial qualities to test the market response, according to DigiTimes supply sources in Taiwan.

Apple will allegedly only make 2.5 million to 3 million of the low-cost iPhone to test the response in its main target of emerging markets.

This upcoming affordable iPhone is said to have a 4-inch LTPS LCD screen and run on the Apple A6 chip. This will allow Apple to use already mature components making sure it has no problems with supply or stability.

The device will also be made out of plastic that will cut cost. Apple will contract its usual ODM partners Foxconn and Pegatron for the mass production of the affordable handset. It’s still not clear, though, when will it launch. WWDC 2013 is coming soon - the conference starts on June 10 - and we might just find out then.

source: DigiTimes

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18 Comments

1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Hope its really affordable and not 'Apple affordable' !

6. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

This "affordable" iPhone will probably still cost half of the current iPhone, which is not affordable in any way. a 16GB model costs USD $799 here, that would mean the 'affordable' variant being priced at around $399. I was referring to unlocked prices.

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Even if price will be just a bit lower, I'm sure that price still be conditionally highly overpriced.

18. TheBitterTruth unregistered

iAffordable

2. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Apple is starting to suffer to make profits...

3. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

the most of sold iPhones are old models (4S), so their customers eat everything just with Apple logo so if this happens, Apple becomes the second Nokia = mostly dumb phones as iPhone already is except for its price = 1) no copy file 2) no default app selection 3) no nfc 4) no "do anything with any object" 5) 25 % of iphone has broken glass 6) most vulnerable OS in the world = dumb phone sorry, just facts from print not any feeling :) bad for the competition when iPhones are so inferior :(

8. faisolbauuz

Posts: 121; Member since: Jan 05, 2013

Dont forget to add : No bluetooth transfer file Has same old boring ui since 2007 No proper file management system No micro sd slot No HD screen And many mores

11. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

In what way the second Nokia...please explain and no fanboy arguments please...

14. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

1) no copy file 2) no default app selection 3) no nfc 4) no "do anything with any object" 5) 25 % of iphone has broken glass 6) most vulnerable OS in the world + cheap iPhone = Apple's customers will buy just any cheap cr*ps like now (mostly iPhone 4S is sold), so iPhone will sell mostly low-ends like Nokia does :)

4. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

wow.. affordable iphone with A6 chip...yet their latest ipod only run with A5 yet cost with a midrange price... i wonder what will be the price of this iPhone..

5. Kurai unregistered

"The device will also be made out of plastic that will cut cost" . . . I wonder why the s4 is expensive . . .

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Don't seem to agree with that statement. It depends what type of plastic they use. The quality of plastic use in GS4 is almost of the same price as aluminium. Sometimes plastic can even be expensive.

12. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Haha weak argument mate...do you have any design experience?

7. JMartin22

Posts: 2334; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I don't get these continuous rumors about a new "budget" phone. Isn't that what their old line up is for? The 4/4S basically are the equivalent of that. I recall a news article about the Apple CEO mentioning this too, and dispelling these plastic budget rumors.

13. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Yeh budget iPhone that'll go we'll it's not like I see enough poor households with iPhones! He'll iPhones are even overtaking blackberry in the teenagers first smartphone category so I don't see how a budget iPhone would help them?

15. Aeires unregistered

Can't wait for the review where this gets points deducted for not using "premium build material" like all the other "plastic" poly carbonate phones that were released. If Apple does make this phone, my bet is it will outsell the regular iPhone because it will have the same iOS and provide more bang for the buck. Hopefully the "plastic is cheap" mantra will forever be put to bed.

16. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Yeah 450$ affordable iphone

17. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

Everyone here is talking about how expensive the iPhone is.... Is it just me.. isn't most high end smart phone like the HTC one and S4 the same price as an iPhone off contract?

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