Analyst Now Confident Apple Will Launch Lower-Priced iPhone This Year

Posted February 11, 2013 at 7:33pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 9791 views

Topeka Capital analyst Brian White says Apple will release a new lower-priced iPhone that will open up 'attractive new growth opportunities in China and elsewhere around the world', in a research note relayed by Forbes.

White says he is "now confident that a lower-priced iPhone will be launched by Apple in 2013, possibly as early as June." The device will reportedly cost $250-$350 unsubsidized and could be dubbed the 'iPhone mini' or 'iPhone Air'.

“A $250-$300 price range would also be competitive with China-based Xiaomi that offers a high-end phone experience at a mid-range price of ~$320 in China,” he writes. “We believe a $250-to-$300 price point will allow Apple to significantly expand its reach in the smartphone market and better address developing markets such as China, while opening up more opportunities in Brazil, Russia, India and elsewhere.”

A recent report from iLounge also claims Apple is working on a low-cost iPhone with a plastic body.

Also planned for a 2013 release is Apple’s “low-cost” plastic-bodied iPhone, which is being developed with China Mobile in mind: the government-owned telecom company has over 700 million subscribers.

Click here to check out a mockup that shows what an 'iPhone mini' would look like if it kept the iPhone 5 design but dropped the screen size back down to 3.5 inches.

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Iclarified - February 12, 2013 at 6:16pm
I think if people want to buy an iPhone cheap they should buy second hand then buy a cheaper one made, Quality before price !
Tim - February 12, 2013 at 1:03pm
Not going to happen. Besides it not making financial sense apple already had several lower models to do just this. 3GS & 4. I could see them changing the case material. Just not plastic, apple wouldent do that. Just not their style.
Mr.F - February 12, 2013 at 4:48am
Apple already have cheap iphone haven't it? Its 3GS
Sheridan - February 22, 2013 at 3:06pm
Yeah apple does have an 3GS as one of there cheaper phones but who wants one of them? I think this new budget iPhone is a great idea, it will give people that dont make as much money the chance to have and iPhone and not just that but apple might want to give people with different taste a little bit more option. And I think many people would rather a new iPhone then a second hand one.
T Hui - February 12, 2013 at 3:10am
Your just a racist bigoted POS. Go F yourself. Your thinking has what made America fall behind a lot of countries in a lot of ways.
Sonia - February 12, 2013 at 4:13am
I am native Indian.. Who are all these white people occupying my country? especially you.. you c**t.. Leave motherf**er. Leave right now. My blood boils when I see white people like you walking on my land destroying my resources.. Go back to wherever you came from or sit quiet and watch!! Racist pig!
Dchan - February 12, 2013 at 4:45am
Haha I'm sure with your grammar, the government would love to give you more rights, you racist fuck
Nitro Methane Junkie - February 12, 2013 at 12:13pm
You know what? I'm also white and it sickens me that people talk like this. It's because of racist fucks like you that this country has a bad name and less jobs. You really think any company would want to hire a person with an attitude like yours? Seriously! What happened to this country? The country that every other country looked up to. And the country that had people that actually appreciated what they had. Unlike now. With people that demand shit and think they're entitled to everything. I'll be honest with you. I love my country and where im from but There's times that I'm ashamed to Live in this country. It's going to shit and I don't think it's going to get any better. And I totally agree with the comments before mine. Especially the one from Sonia. This was the natives land before any of ours. They didn't deserve the treatment they got and still get.
Kim - February 22, 2013 at 3:19pm
People move to America and other counties so they can enjoy and have a better life for themselves and their families, they have just as much right to have a job then any other person, you can't just go around judging people on there colour, its discrimination! In Australia we don't judge Aboriginals because there've lived here longer them anyone, and what if you moved to a country like Afica or Jamaica where most of the population is darker and they said they you couldn't get a job because your white how would you feel? take that in to account a**hole...
Dick - February 12, 2013 at 12:05am
the sheer volume in China and India will more than make up for the effort. Cook will be remembered for this.
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