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Jan 9, 2013

Apple to release a cheaper iPhone in 2013 with all-new design?

by Freddie Harrison

The Wall Street Journal has echoed Digitimes’ report that Apple will be releasing a low-cost iPhone later on this year, sporting a brand-new design

iPhone 5 - White
The iPhone 5 is available in both black and white

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple will release a low-cost iPhone this year, possibly sporting a polycarbonate body to help keep costs down. The report echoes Digitimes’ story earlier this week which claims that a cheaper iPhone would be released, “for China and other emerging markets”.

Both stories cite supply chain sources, some of which claim they’ve seen the samples of the low-cost iPhone in production. The model is rumoured to adopt  a 5-inch screen, larger than the iPhone 5′s current 4-inch display, and a polycarbonate body, thought to be much cheaper than the current iPhone’s aluminium housing. Other parts are said to be sources from previous generation iPhones, but a general overhaul of the traditional iPhone design is expected.

While rumours of a low-cost iPhone are appearing more and more often, it does seem unlikely that Apple would opt to compromise its usual combination of aluminium and glass in favour of a cheaper model. The Wall Street Journal also points out that such a model could draw away buyers who would otherwise be happy to pay for a more expensive iPhone.

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    • john pepper

      like the sound of a cheaper iPhone hope its not a rumour

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    • Barry Wilbraham

      It’s called ‘marketing’ and Apple are very good at it! Keep the public guessing whilst filtering out sufficient information to whet our appetites. With Samsung vying for 2nd place and with a mighty fine product, the Jobs legacy lives on, just keep feeding a little to maintain their appetites!