Rumours that Apple will unveil a cut-price smartphone along with the iPhone 5 have been dismissed by the company’s manufacturing partners, dashing hopes that Cupertino is finally about to democratise ownership of its blockbuster blowers.
According to widespread speculation, Apple is planning a lower-end, cheaper handset dubbed the iPhone 4S to challenge the welter of affordable Android kits.
The rumoured smartphone will purportedly recycle parts from the current-gen iPhone 4 and offer a slimmed-down feature set and lower-grade, smaller display.
However, unnamed sources from Apple’s supply chain have reportedly told DigiTimes that the welter of reports about the iPhone 4S are without foundation and that in fact Apple “only plans to launch one model of the new iPhone”.
It wasn’t all bad news, though. More consolingly, the tech deep throats named a third quarter release date for the iPhone 5, contradicting some reports that we’ll have to wait until next year to get our hands on the phone.
Somewhat less credibly, the shadowy insiders at the suppliers disclosed that the iPad 3 is expected to land in August – a mere six months after the iPad 2 dropped, in a move seemingly calculated to incur the ire of iFans everywhere.