Rumours are growing that Apple might be bringing out a cheap, plastic iPhone. A Chinese website posted an intriguing picture which might just be a lot of discarded packaging in a bin but it could also be something more interesting.
A number of industry analysts believe that the time is right for Apple to bring out a mid price phone and these enigmatic pieces of plastic which are pictured below do seem like the trays which come with current iPod Touch models.
A Double Launch?
The latest conventional iPhone upgrade is expected to be released in September or October, with the 5S coming out at that time. The idea that a new, plastic phone could be launched at the same time doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense at first but there are some reasons for believing that this might fit in with the Apple strategy.
Most importantly, having a low-cost version of the iPhone 5 would mean that they could offer customers this instead of previous generations of the phone. This could be important to them because it would allow them use the same screen size and Lighting connector while phasing out the older phones.
Of course, a cheap iPhone probably wouldn’t be a cheap phone, if you know what we mean. It would clearly be cheaper than the 4S but estimates place the minimum price at around $300 (about £200). How big the take up at that price would be is something we will need to wait and see. If they even exist, that is?