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Regionally-focused iPhones in production?

updated 03:30 pm EDT, Wed April 1, 2009

Regional iPhones coming?

A second iPhone model is under construction, but not the one that has traditionally been rumored, claims Lazard Capital Markets analyst Daniel Amir. Some reports have proposed that in addition to a mainstream iPhone, Apple is also preparing a cheaper one with stripped-down features. Based on checks, Amir suggests that the second phone will start production this month and ramp into full-speed manufacturing in May, before an announcement in June; rather than selling everywhere, however, it may be directed explicitly at countries such as Brazil, Russia, India and China, or simply China alone.

The high-end phone, following a similar schedule, will allegedly have new video functions, a superior camera and a maximum 32GB of storage. The companion version is said to have reduced storage and none of the new video capabilities; a possibility is thought be non-existent Wi-Fi, which would severely limit the functionality of the phone but shrink its cost and make it legal for China. Outside of Europe, North America and Japan, Wi-Fi is also less common than wired or cellular Internet connections.

Shipments of the iPhone 3G are meanwhile said to be healthy, and may reach as high as 3.8 to 4 million for the first quarter of 2009 due to unexpectedly high March numbers. As many as 1.5 million phones may have been produced last month, which would represent the highest quantity in five months. Some 8 million iPhones may arrive in the second quarter, Amir argues, though only 5 million of these would be iPhone 3Gs.




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  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -7

    TWiPhone

    Third-world iPhone for the countries whose people can barely afford to eat. Like they're really gonna need iPhones.

  1. jdonahoe

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    If only 10% of people

    If only 10% of the people in India can afford an iPhone, that's still over 100 million potential customers.

  1. ricardogf

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -9

    3rd world?

    Odo, are you stupid or what? Countries like UK and others in Europe are closer to 3rd world and in much worse financial shape than some of the BRIC countries. If you think it's all about poor children, jungle and violence, you have no f****** idea what you're talking about. Most people have more than enough to eat, and are more than eager customers for phones such as the iPhone. The only constraint is the high import taxes for markets such as Brazil, which is already among the 5 biggest markets for mobile phones, even without having a huge population like China or India.

    So lay off the crack pipe and get real, instead of believing every horror story coming out of some backyard NGO and perpetuating stupid prejudices about these extremely advanced emerging economies.

  1. Double_UK

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Or...

    ... you could point this out in a polite way to Odo, ricardogf.

  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    USA

    Half of the USA live in poverty and conditions that are no better than those in the third world, yet the USA still buys iPhones.

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