Apple will hit the smartphone market with a one-two punch combination in August, analysts at Barclays’ investment banking division predict.
According to industry experts at Barclays Capital cited by Chinese site EMSOne, the full-featured, next-gen iPhone and the much-rumoured cheaper model, AKA the iPhone mini, will both drop in August 2013, igniting what promises to be a battle royale for the lucrative seasonal market in the final quarter of the year.
The low-cost model, which is aimed principally at heading off the challenge of competitively priced Android rivals in the developing world, will purportedly be manufactured by Apple’s long-term partner Foxconn and relative newcomer Pegatron.
Rumoured on tech sites for what seems like longer than any other gadget in recent history, the iPhone mini is thought be constructed from cheaper polycarbonate materials rather than the glass and aluminium of the current, full-price edition.
It’s also thought to dispense with Apple’s trademark, lavish Retina display in favour of a lower-resolution screen that will help keep costs down.
Speculation surrounding the device variously dubbed the iPhone 6 or iPhone 5S indicates that it will pack a larger 4.8-inch screen that brings it more in line with the current crop of Android efforts that blur the lines between tablets and phones.