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Supply chain sources claim low-end iPhone due this year

updated 11:30 am EDT, Mon April 23, 2012

Could be needed to compete against Android phones

Apple is working on a low-cost iPhone model for release later this year, according to supply chain sources in touch with the China Times. The new hardware may allegedly ship around the same time as a sixth-generation high-end iPhone. The main incentive is said to be getting a better foothold in the low-end smartphone market, since even the iPhone 3GS is $375 unlocked, making it far more expensive than competing Android devices.

A low-end iPhone model has been rumored for years, but Apple has consistently gone in a different direction. To appease demand for cheaper phones the company has instead decided to keep selling iPhones from previous years, going back to the iPhone 3GS, which first shipped in 2009. Apple could attempt the same strategy again this year, but may be feeling more pressure than in the past as Android gains marketshare.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ah, it's THAT time of the year again

    Every single frickin' year since 2007, the same speculation about that low-end iPhone that "may allegedly" be shipping anytime soon.

    I guess their position is: "If we repeat it often enough, one year we just HAVE to be right".

  1. facebook_Peter

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    Joined: Apr 2012



    I'm calling SERIOUS bullsh*t on this one. And Android phones are NOT cheaper off-contract. The 4S is still cheaper than quite a few of the Android phones, especially the newer ones. Apple isn't going to make a "low-end" iPhone. They may release a new iPhone and make the 4S cheaper but they won't make a low-end iPhone.

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple is selling...

    a ton of phones... what pressure is that?
    They are making money others aren't... what pressure is that?

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The low-end is...

    You read it here first. When the new one comes out, the 4S will drop to the $99 price bracket and the old iPhone 4 will become the 'low end'. Nothing changes. Today's high-end will become tomorrow's low-end phone.

  1. tfmeehan

    Joined: Dec 1969



    we're going to hear this forever. Marketshare is the only weapon Android users and mindless pundits can wield. They know it doesn't mean anything but they have to save face somehow.

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