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

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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35 Comments

1. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Everything is possible with Tim Cook.

12. faisolbauuz

Posts: 121; Member since: Jan 05, 2013

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

24. cncrim

Posts: 1539; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

29. motty

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

So true

2. atsamman

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

that will never happen

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

4. ash29

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

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

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

5. mittalmailbox

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 14, 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

13. Just_a_boy

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

a $50 cheaper iPhone

22. ash29

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

The current Iphone is actually worth 50$.

21. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

6. jibraihimi

Posts: 800; Member since: Nov 29, 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...............

30. christumaini

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

THEY GONNA PATENT IT...LOL

7. jopancy

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 25, 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.

16. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

In a parallel universe

26. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

FRINGE!!

9. mymobilereviews1

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 08, 2013

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

17. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

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

10. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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

11. ilia1986 unregistered

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

14. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

15. Tones

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

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

18. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 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

19. ray77

Posts: 126; Member since: Nov 17, 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!!!

20. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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".

23. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

25. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

27. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

34. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 481; Member since: May 26, 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.

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