iPhone 5S Rumor: Apple Planning Low Cost iPhone For Emerging Markets

    January 8, 2013
    Zach Walton
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Just like the iPhone 5 before it, details on the iPhone 5S are already being leaked months ahead of its expected reveal later this year. The latest rumors concern the theory that Apple may be planning to release two iPhone models this year.

A report from Digitimes on Tuesday says that Apple will release a low-cost version of the iPhone for emerging markets, like China, where consumers are increasingly demanding cheaper devices. Digitimes’ sources said that low-cost device would be radically different from any iPhone before it:

Some sources claimed that they have seen the sample of the low-cost iPhone, which will come with a larger display, meeting the prevailing trend for the adoption of 5-inch displays for high-end models. They added that the low-priced iPhone will also have a brand new exterior design.

The sources also report that the recent introduction of cheap Qualcomm processors for entry-level to mid-range smartphones “may pave the way for Apple bringing out the low-cost iPhone.” It wouldn’t be that hard for Apple to design a low-cost chip that still provides a fair bit of power, but the company may also opt to go the iPad Mini route by powering its rumored low-cost iPhone with an older processor from a previous device, like the A5.

Speaking of the iPad Mini, Digitimes suggests that Apple may be looking at releasing a cheaper iPhone after seeing the relative success of the iPad Mini. It’s no secret that a lower price attracts more consumers, but Apple has proven that a high price point doesn’t stop it from selling millions of units in a weekend. A lower priced device would, however, help the company see increased success in emerging markets, like India or South America, where brand loyalty isn’t as strong.

  • http://onlinemoderationservices.com Joseph Torres

    Good thing we already know that the iphone 5s is much more cheaper right now and new features are being installed. Recent bugs are now being fix. I waited for this phone to come i didn’t get a iphone 5 cause i know 5s is much more fun to have

  • Joey Garcia

    @ Jospeph why dont u wait for iphone 6s

  • http://www.iphone5sreleasedate.com iPhoney

    Apple is releasing the iPhone 6 and iPhone Mimi as the cheaper model. I think apple is done with the ‘s’ on iPhones. Therefore there will not be an iPhone 5s.

  • Jordan

    I got the iPhone 5 32 GB and honestly…this is pathetic. A polycabonate plastic version of the iPhone is NOT an iPhone. They are ruining iPhone’s and the fun of having them. Coming out with two in 2013 and the 5 was late 2012?! Ruining Steve Jobs’ image.

    • Paul

      I totally agree. This is not the direction apple should be going. Steve was about innovation. I never thought i’d cringe at anything iPhone. No vision hacks have taken over.

      • Mr. Dell Summers

        Innovation? So being behind in hardware and software intuitiveness is innovation? Apple products are behind in hardware and specs. They just have great marketing and loyal fans and just a lot of dumb people who don’t see behind their curtain.

        • Mr. Bing

          Dude, everything you just said is false. Do your research…

        • edward

          yes that’s true..! they ruin all of steve jobs work!

  • eldtritch gibbous

    Even if true, it’ll probably be released in certain poor countries only. I doubt a cheaper, plastic iPhone will see the light of day here in the West.