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Apple will drop a new iPhone and a cheaper handset during the second quarter, as another analyst chips in with his two cents over the company’s plans for 2013.

In a research note picked up by Apple fansites, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities advised investors that the iPhone 5S and a lower-priced iPhone 5 will pitch up in June and hit the market by July.

According to Kuo, who seems particularly well informed as analysts go, the forthcoming handsets won’t differ too much aesthetically from the current model. And it’s precisely because they are “mainly designed on the basis of the current iPhone 5” that will enable Apple to bring its new challengers to market relatively early in the year compared with recent iPhone refreshes.

Kuo, also claims that the next-generation, full-priced model will sport a quad core A7 chip.

Assuming he’s right that could leave the 5S looking a little underpowered in the face of the octa-core model that is tipped to be on board Samsung’s Galaxy S4.

The cheaper iPhone, meanwhile, will indeed ditch high-end materials for a plastic polycarbonate construction in the name of keeping costs down, says our man in the know, and will come in a range of colour options.


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