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

40. thunderbolt

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

Phonearena writers should refrain from adopting that pathetic "class divide" attitude of Apple. It's pathetic really and if anyone objects these guys call it trolling. Many writers here troll quite a lot. Why use words like "reserved for Aristrocratic" etc ?

39. TechDork

Posts: 405; Member since: May 10, 2010

Interesting.

37. Brutus

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I am more worried about the specs... The overpriced flagship gets mediocre specs for its price and hype... Wonder what will they fit the CHEAPER ONE with?? Dual core 600 Mhz processor, 512mb ram and 5 mp camera for $450?? LOL

30. Peter98

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

It's great!

29. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 896; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Ha ha ..Cheap plastic

28. motty

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Ugliness

27. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Apple's another scheme to juice and rip the public this costing much cheaper to produce and huge profits.

24. jmoney62987

Posts: 31; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

As an iphone 5 owner I must say this is sad news. I love the construction of iphones ( of course i wish they grew a bit larger lol) but what I really loved was that there was one. One a year. Simple. All apps and accessories were made for that one. With new models; a cheaper one, a smaller one, a middle one, a large screen one (how much will THAT BE!?)...I think it's time to move on to android :(

26. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Welcome to freedom, you shall not be controlled any more.

22. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

just a cost cutting measure on apple's part for the lower end phones. Manufacturing an Iphone 4s isnt much cheaper than a 5, due to the materials involved outside of the hardware. Using cheaper components like plastic instead of glass means higher profit margins for them on the lower end devices.

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: 1928; 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.

16. jed27

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

Cheaper by how much? $10?

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!!

11. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

With last year's spec obviously

36. redmd

Posts: 1970; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

you mean last last year.

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.

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; 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 :)

7. ckoch125

Posts: 193; 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.

6. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

So it's plastic

5. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

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

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: 17544; 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: 17544; 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.

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