The fabled low-cost iPhone could tip up as early as the second half of the year, an insider claims, as Apple finally makes good on years of rumours about its plans to challenge Android at the cheaper end of the smartphone market.
According to people "familiar" with matters at the tech giant’s Cupertino HQ cited by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the handset putatively dubbed the iPhone 5S will pack a four-inch screen and use a “different casing from the higher-end iPhone” and could come in a range of colour options.
This broadly tallies with months of leaks suggesting that Apple will swap the glass and aluminium construction of the current-gen iPhone for a less costly polycarbonate plastic exterior.
Analysts have previously forecast the arrival of pink, yellow, blue, green, purple, silver and slate colour options for the cheap iPhone. A red edition is believed to be in the works too, with a tranche of proceeds earmarked for AIDS treatment
The WSJ’s sources also held court on the prospect of a refreshed top-end iPhone this year. This is reportedly set to enter production in the second quarter ahead of a “possible summer launch”.
Contrary to prevailing industry intelligence that the iPhone 6 will be radically redesigned from its current incarnation, the US news site posits that the rethought handset will in fact be "similar in size and shape to [the] current one”.
The latest bout of speculation around Apple’s plans comes after reports surfaced yesterday claiming that the development of the next two iPhones was overseen by Steve Jobs before he died. It had previously been thought that the iPhone 5 was the last-ever product in which the former CEO was extensively involved.
Wall Street Journal