Would-be iPhone mini owners could be able to pick up the budget take on Apple’s handset for as little as £168, an analyst calculates, as anticipation builds that 2013 could finally be the year Apple enters the market for wallet-friendly smartphones.
Going by leaks about the kit in the tech press, Sameer Singh of Tech Thoughts blog-fame has costed components that are likely to feature in a cheaper iPhone, while taking into account manufacturing costs and the typical margin that Apple expects to make on each sale.
According to Singh, the cheapest price Apple could make the handset for is likely to be around $144 - or £90. That ought to equate to a price point for the handset ranging from between $299 and $349, or £168 to £218 in pounds sterling, our man posits.
The handset, if and when it does arrive, is expected to feature a smaller 3.5-inch screen and recycle components from earlier models to keep costs down. Apple is also thought likely to dispense with 4G connectivity and swap the aluminium and glass construction of top-end models for plastic casing.
The imperative for the tech giant to ditch its time-honoured premium-product-at-a-premium-price sales model stems largely from the need to challenge low-cost Android-powered rivals in China, India and other developing markets.
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