The lesser-spotted, but much talked about cheaper iPhone will pack a four-inch screen and will come in a selection of colour options, one of the industry’s more reliable analysts predicts.
Citing insider information, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities told investors that the budget iPhone will eschew the larger, phablet-style 4.5-inch screen some have claimed will be on board in favour of a screen in line with the current-generation full-price Apple smartphone.
Kuo also claims that the handset will sport a “super-thin plastic casing mixed with glass fiber”. That tallies with rumours that Apple will attempt to keep the handset’s asking price down by ditching the glass and aluminium construction of its top-end efforts in favour of cheaper materials.
And in a final vote of confidence for much of what we think we know about the handset, KGI’s man also backed talk that Apple will introduce iPod-style colours. According to Kuo, the phone will be up for grabs in six colours, including the trad-dad black and white colourways.
Apple’s imperative to enter the cheaper market purportedly stems from the need to see off the challenge from low-cost Android phones in markets in the developing world.
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