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

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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35 Comments

1. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

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

22. MONUQ

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 26, 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....

25. wwRGw

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

34. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 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

2. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

3. joseg81

Posts: 204; Member since: Jul 15, 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.

4. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

5. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 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.

18. opensourceftw

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 01, 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

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30673; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

10. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

I ll call it iPhone "aftermath"

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30673; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ok great

7. reyenrique

Posts: 99; Member since: Oct 07, 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

33. BackHandLegend

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 15, 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)

8. chemhaz

Posts: 161; Member since: May 04, 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....

27. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 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.

9. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 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...

12. moronman66

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 09, 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.

13. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 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.

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

15. thelegend6657 unregistered

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

28. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

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

36. wwRGw

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

17. opensourceftw

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 01, 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*

30. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 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?

19. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 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!

20. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

iPhones will always take design cues from iphones

21. garz_pa

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

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

23. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

24. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

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