WSJ confirms Apple testing more affordable polycarbonate iPhone for launch later in the year

WSJ confirms Apple testing more affordable polycarbonate iPhone for launch later in the year
We are always making fun of Digitimes' elusive "supply chain sources" that throw all kinds of rumors at us which seem sourced around Taiwan's factory water coolers, like the one for the upcoming affordable iPhone earlier in the day, but when the Wall Street Journal chimes in confirming the speculation, one ought to listen.

The Journal just came up with a story that Apple is working on a more affordable iPhone device to debut as soon as this year, citing "people briefed with the matter."

While the earlier rumor was that this market-expanding iPhone will shoot for a larger screen, WSJ says that it will actually resemble the current iPhone, but feature different, easier to manufacture materials for the body, like the light and durable polycarbonate that the S III and the Lumia 920 are built with, instead of the expensive glass and metal alloy chassis that wraps the iPhone 5

This will actually represent the biggest change for the affordable iPhone version, with other current components going directly into it, while anything newer Apple comes with will be reserved for its more aristocratic and more expensive annual edition that should arrive in the summer.

Apple is no stranger to offering different versions, sizes and colors for all tastes, as it does with the iPod line, and if the speculation about a mass market iPhone this year materializes, it will be clear that Cupertino is aggressively aiming to claw back market share from archrival Android with a swift change in strategy. What do you think?

source: WSJ (subscription req'd)

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40 Comments

1. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

So their coping Samsungs technology with the polycarbonate? Apple dont use plastic they use GLASS which breaks.

4. Ninetysix

Posts: 2931; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone_3G Design The iPhone 3G's back featured a redesigned plastic polycarbonate housing.

10. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Does Samsung use polycarbonate? I thought they used cheap looking/feeling plastic? Look to HTC and Nokia for some high quality polycarbonate (which I guess is a type of plastic?).

13. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

POLYCARBONATE isn't cheap IT'S STRONG PLASTIC and it doesn't blend like the iPhone

23. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Like the iPhone5 does.

38. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

I know that, I never said it was. I said that Nokia and HTC use it and it is of a high quality where as Samsung uses cheap plastic (though surprisingly durable)

15. hutty24

Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

your f**king dumb go back to what ever dark fanboy hole you came from why do i say this because humans naturaly take info in as true the first time they hear it no matter if its not then the brain works out if its true or not later now get to work and stop being a follower

32. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

so....does samsung copy polycarbonate from htc and htc from Nokia? let them do it. We'll see the results (miserable as always)

2. Joker

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Get ready guys (Nokia, Sony, Samsung, etc...), a polycarbonate lawsuit coming to the HQ near you.

3. menny07

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Please change software interface! iOS has had the same home design in all of its mediocre life.

17. hutty24

Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

so dose android tool

18. hutty24

Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

i seen 5 phones come out today that all have a iphone look to them and android would be s**t today if it never took from ios and pc

31. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Lmao PLEASE I repeat PLEASE Elaborate on that comment for us.

33. tedkord

Posts: 17052; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Android interface(ui) had changed quite a bit with each new build. Thats not even mentioning all the variations with different manufacturer skins. None look like the boring old iphone ui, which hasn't changed in its entire life. In other words, you have no idea what you're talking about.

19. hutty24

Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

android most of its life = s**t up in till jellybean 4.2 iphone 5 vs anyother phone is like windows xp vs osx mountain lion or windows 8

34. tedkord

Posts: 17052; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

As of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, it was 95% as smooth as iOS, while much more powerful and fully featured. With ICS, then JB, it became 100% as smooth and even further ahead in power and function.

25. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Please let the iPhone remain how it is, it's the iconic symbolism which shall remain perpetual so in perspective shares and commodity shall will stumble .

5. cncrim

Posts: 1540; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Oh no, I like Tim Cook but his vision is no longer bold like Steve.

6. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

So it's plastic

7. ckoch125

Posts: 192; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

But but but apple only uses the highest quality materials never would use cheap plastic, or so the apple fanboys claim.

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Tim, let's see how affordable an iPhone you can 'Cook' up!

14. menny07

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

iSee what you did there^^ Lol :)

9. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Unless it's on par with the Lumia 920 then there would be no reason to buy it. The 920 is already affordable enough. An inexpensive polycarbonate device that has inexpensive internals would be a failure from Apple. I'm sure they are familiar with what the competition has to offer, but we'll see if they get greedy again.

11. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

With last year's spec obviously

36. redmd

Posts: 1877; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

you mean last last year.

12. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Even if the iPhone 5 was free on contract I would still pay $300 for a Note 2. And 2013 will be the year of 1080p displays and fast quad core processors. If Apple made a $300 (on contract) 5.5 inch quad core A6 1080p phone I would buy it. Heck, I would even drop $400 for the 32gig model. Apple won't learn until it's too late. Samsung/Android is going to run lose all year if Apple releases a 4 inch "S" model.

20. bparkerson unregistered

Couldn't have said it better...You know what they say about karma.I'm afraid Apple is coming to a slow end similar to that of Atari,Nintendo,ect.,however Apple deserves it!!

16. jed27

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

Cheaper by how much? $10?

21. ray77

Posts: 126; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

And then their was criticzing about Samsung that the phone is plastic , lol

35. JC557

Posts: 1915; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Or the overwhelming amount of iFans mocking anyone using something else as poor or low class... a lot of the hate is well deserved, especially if you've watched the Apple documentaries showcasing their users and company behavior.

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