Apple will debut an entry-level, cheaper version of its flagship smartphone next week at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) confab, reports suggest.
WWDC is where new versions of Apple’s smartphone/tablet software typically tip up. And this year, it seems, is no exception, with tech-watchers anticipating we’ll get our first look at iOS 8 and the rather triffic-sounding HealthBook quantified-self app.
But it’s not just freshly baked software that’s going to emerge squinting and dazzled into the light.
According to well regarded industry sage Ming-Chi Kuo of analysts KGI, a research note for investors penned by whom was obtained by Apple Insider, we can also look forward to a more affordable iMac.
And much more interestingly, there’s likely to be an 8GB edition of the iPhone 5S too, with a price point that reflects the lower capacity it offers.
It’s thought that the handset is principally aimed at the developing world, where low-cost Android phones currently dominate.
However, as with the 8GB edition of the rather less premium iPhone 5C, the budget iPhone 5S is almost certain to get a release in core Western markets too.
Kuo’s forecasts come amid signs that Apple will hold off on launching the iWatch smartwatch until later in the year. The tech giant’s first-ever foray could still make a teasing cameo appearance at the event, though.
Pricing for the 8GB iPhone 5S is anyone’s guess. But going by the £40 price difference between the 8GB iPhone 5C and the 16GB edition, we reckon you can expect to pick one up for just shy of £500.