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Apple To Reportedly Release A Cheaper iPhone This Year [DigiTimes]

A fresh report by Taiwanese publication DigiTimes is claiming that Apple is expected to release a cheaper iPhone for emerging markets, such as China, during the second half of 2013. The report further suggests that some sources inside the supply chain have actually seen the low-priced device, that packs the same larger display as the iPhone 5.

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According to the publication, the cheaper iPhone will have a brand new exterior design, while continuing the prevailing trend for the adoption of 5-inch displays for high-end models. The report also adds that Apple is planning to work with China Mobile to launch this low-priced version of iPhone and ramp its penetration in the Chinese market.

Growing sales of the iPad mini, particularly in China and other emerging markets, may have served as an impetus for Apple to roll out a low-cost iPhone to repeat its success gained on the sale of the iPad mini, the sources commented.

Qualcomm’s recent launch of its latest family of Snapdragon chipsets, including the dual-core MSM8960 and the quad-core APQ8064, for the entry-level to mid-range smartphones may pave the way for Apple bringing out the low-cost iPhone, added the sources.

Do you guys seriously believe Apple needs to release a new cheaper iPhone model, rather than just lowering the price of an older generation handset?

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  • wahgee

    I don’t think it’s a bad idea. Lowering the price on a current phone won’t suffice. People want new releases and a cheaper option would be good for Apple. Honestly, how many people really want to spend $659 plus tax CDN to buy an unlocked 16gb iPhone 5? I’m sure there are many, but at least they can tap into that lower income family. Everyone wins! Apple can increase their market share this way. Obviously, there’s always risk.