1. jianglu2013's Avatar
    With the release of its iOS 7 slowly approaching, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) appears poised to launch another smartphone. According to most insider sources, however, Apple wont be releasing just one new phone this fall: The company is expected to launch a new, plastic iPhone for consumers on a budget, as well as the anticipated iPhone 5s. Although no official name has been announced, the Apple iPhone 6 Rumors: Photos Of Plastic Budget iPhone Allegedly Leak


    expected budget iPhone has been dubbed the iPhone 6 by some Apple fans. And, thanks to the Techdy Blog, we may (or may not) have a pretty good idea of what the budget iPhone will look like.

    On Friday, Techdy posted it had somehow acquired the body of Apples budget iPhone. The blog post encompassed more than 40 photographs of the rumored budget iPhone body from various angles, showing a new hard plastic case with a design reminiscent of both the current-generation iPhone 5 and -- surprisingly -- the original iPod.

    Despite the rumored low cost of this iPhone, one thing seems clear from Techdys description: It doesnt feel cheap at all.

    iphoneUsing all of these high-end electronic components, a lot of electronic components of web sites offer this kind of high-end technology, for example hqew.net.

    Regardless of the iPhone 6s components, its probable that Apple will officially unveil the budget iPhone sometime in September. The International Business Times own Dave Smith estimates that the company will reveal the iPhone 6 alongside the iPhone 5s at a single event in early September, although the devices probably will not go on sale at the same time to avoid huge lines at retail outlets. In one scenario, the release of iOS 7 on Sept. 18 would be followed by the release of the iPhone 5s on Sept. 20 and the release of the iPhone 6 on Sept. 27.iPhone 6 Rumors: Photos Of Plastic Budget iPhone Allegedly Leak-qq-20130708093009.jpg
    07-08-2013 09:29 PM
  2. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    Same ol' rumors...
    07-08-2013 10:04 PM
  3. swarlos's Avatar
    Same ol' rumors...
    If true I have to admit is it a really nice looking device. Would expect no less from Apple.


    Sent from the collector home world.
    07-08-2013 10:10 PM
  4. rdiddy_25's Avatar
    Budget friendly iPhone will be the 4S for free once new iPhone is released. No need to make a new "budget friendly" version. Doesn't make business sense
    Fausty82, swarlos and djjohnson like this.
    07-08-2013 10:15 PM
  5. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    Budget friendly iPhone will be the 4S for free once new iPhone is released. No need to make a new "budget friendly" version. Doesn't make business sense
    This is my logic on these "cheap iPhone" rumors as well...why? The 4S is still quite relevant, would essentially be the makings of a "cheap" iPhone, and will still run iOS 7 just fine (albeit a bit watered down...as one would expect from a "lower" end model).

    Why make a brand new device with a different screen size? My only other thought is that there truly IS a bigger screened iPhone coming this fall, and to refrain from losing money on 4" screens...a cheaper model using the iPhone 5 screen (and possibly older components) would be in place as well, and the 4S would be eliminated.

    I seriously doubt that is going to happen though.
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    07-08-2013 10:22 PM
  6. rdiddy_25's Avatar
    This is my logic on these "cheap iPhone" rumors as well...why? The 4S is still quite relevant, would essentially be the makings of a "cheap" iPhone, and will still run iOS 7 just fine (albeit a bit watered down...as one would expect from a "lower" end model).

    Why make a brand new device with a different screen size? My only other thought is that there truly IS a bigger screened iPhone coming this fall, and to refrain from losing money on 4" screens...a cheaper model using the iPhone 5 screen (and possibly older components) would be in place as well, and the 4S would be eliminated.

    I seriously doubt that is going to happen though.
    That's been Apple's M.O. for the last few years, don't see the changing t any time soon
    djjohnson likes this.
    07-08-2013 10:34 PM
  7. pr1nce's Avatar
    I don't see Apple releasing a plastic budget phone. The 4S will be the next "budget" iPhone.
    djjohnson likes this.
    07-08-2013 11:33 PM
  8. finn5975's Avatar
    But isn't the point of the budget iphone to make it a more affordable non-contract option? I wasn't under the assumption that they were targeting a device like this in order to compete with a more affordable contract-pricing device since, as you all point out, that already exists. And as far as I know, you cannot go out and buy, say, an iphone 4 off contract any longer. I could be wrong and lord knows it wouldn't be the first time.
    07-09-2013 11:35 AM
  9. Fausty82's Avatar
    But isn't the point of the budget iphone to make it a more affordable non-contract option? I wasn't under the assumption that they were targeting a device like this in order to compete with a more affordable contract-pricing device since, as you all point out, that already exists. And as far as I know, you cannot go out and buy, say, an iphone 4 off contract any longer. I could be wrong and lord knows it wouldn't be the first time.
    A lot of what I am reading about it seems to be of the opinion that the "lower cost" phones are, in fact, for non-contract purchase... but the focus seems to be non-USA. The issue seems to be that most of the rest of the world (especially the "emerging" countries) don't offer subsidized phone purchases... meaning that if you want cell service, you buy your phone outright and get a service agreement. These "budget iPhones" seem to be directed primarily at those markets. Of course, these phones have not yet been announced, so it could all change at any moment.
    Guacho likes this.
    07-09-2013 11:55 AM
  10. sting7k's Avatar
    The iPhone 6 will be a premium device, not plastic.

    As for the fabled budget iPhone. It may exist. Everyone should remember that the current "budget" iPhone 4 is still $450 off contract which is hardly cheap. A budget iPhone must be far less than that to truly be for the lower cost market.

    But we shall see. Apple isn't in it for the market share. They are in it for the profit. Right now they seem to be raking in plenty of iPhone profit.
    07-09-2013 12:32 PM
  11. Justin55372011's Avatar
    This is my logic on these "cheap iPhone" rumors as well...why? The 4S is still quite relevant, would essentially be the makings of a "cheap" iPhone, and will still run iOS 7 just fine (albeit a bit watered down...as one would expect from a "lower" end model).

    Why make a brand new device with a different screen size? My only other thought is that there truly IS a bigger screened iPhone coming this fall, and to refrain from losing money on 4" screens...a cheaper model using the iPhone 5 screen (and possibly older components) would be in place as well, and the 4S would be eliminated.

    I seriously doubt that is going to happen though.

    That is one opinion and one way of thought.
    Last edited by Justin55372011; 07-09-2013 at 05:36 PM.
    07-09-2013 03:44 PM
  12. Jessicalt1's Avatar
    Seriously, let it go. The thread was closed, leave the drama there.
    kch50428 and djjohnson like this.
    07-09-2013 04:34 PM
  13. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    I disagree with everything you have said. Just wait and see and stop trying to be a know it all peasant.
    Waiting.............................
    07-09-2013 05:10 PM
  14. rdiddy_25's Avatar
    Waiting.............................

    Seems like some carryover from the best-buy iPhone 5 thread from before 😁.
    07-09-2013 05:25 PM
  15. Justin55372011's Avatar
    No carryover, just disagree with what he said.
    07-09-2013 05:27 PM
  16. kch50428's Avatar
    No carryover, just disagree with what he said.
    I see carryover... and it's gonna stop. And tossing about that "peasant" is going to stop immediately as well.
    07-09-2013 05:38 PM
  17. Guacho's Avatar
    A lot of what I am reading about it seems to be of the opinion that the "lower cost" phones are, in fact, for non-contract purchase... but the focus seems to be non-USA. The issue seems to be that most of the rest of the world (especially the "emerging" countries) don't offer subsidized phone purchases... meaning that if you want cell service, you buy your phone outright and get a service agreement. These "budget iPhones" seem to be directed primarily at those markets. Of course, these phones have not yet been announced, so it could all change at any moment.
    Very good point, Apple is doing pretty well in developed countries, but it is generally harder for people in emerging countries to buy iphones, you could say an iphone 4S is the way to go but that would only give you a year or two of software support, even 9 months after launched the iphone 5 is extremely expensive in countries like Argentina and Uruguay and is generally out of reach for the majority of the population, a cheap iphone would make total sense and it would increase market share and content for Apple.
    An unlocked iphone 5 16gb sells in south america for about 800 dollars and networks pricing and subsidies are a joke, the minimum wage in south america is about 350 - 450 a month so do the math.
    A budget iphone wouldn't make sense here in the US, but it would in a bunch of other countries.
    07-09-2013 06:09 PM
  18. bunjy's Avatar
    Very good point, Apple is doing pretty well in developed countries, but it is generally harder for people in emerging countries to buy iphones, you could say an iphone 4S is the way to go but that would only give you a year or two of software support, even 9 months after launched the iphone 5 is extremely expensive in countries like Argentina and Uruguay and is generally out of reach for the majority of the population, a cheap iphone would make total sense and it would increase market share and content for Apple.
    An unlocked iphone 5 16gb sells in south america for about 800 dollars and networks pricing and subsidies are a joke, the minimum wage in south america is about 350 - 450 a month so do the math.
    A budget iphone wouldn't make sense here in the US, but it would in a bunch of other countries.
    Agreed. Apple needs an emerging market strategy to compete with Android. I recommend Apple make this move strictly outside the US to protect its domestic margins, but it needs to stimulate growth outside the US. Part of this strategy may well include older, refurbished models, but a newer, less expensive model would be a good play.
    07-10-2013 12:12 AM
  19. Aguaski's Avatar
    I agree the 4 and 4S seem to be the ideal budget iPhone, but I think Apple wants to build a new plastic budget phone so that they can continue deployment of the lightening connector and fully retire the 30 pin connector. The only way to do this in the budget category is to stop offering the 4/4S and replacing with the rumored plastic phone.
    07-11-2013 12:53 AM
  20. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    Agreed. Apple needs an emerging market strategy to compete with Android. I recommend Apple make this move strictly outside the US to protect its domestic margins, but it needs to stimulate growth outside the US. Part of this strategy may well include older, refurbished models, but a newer, less expensive model would be a good play.
    Why do they need a new strategy to "compete" with Android? When Apple is released in a new market, it dominates...and it does it every single time a new market is reached. I'd say their strategy is working pretty well as it is honestly. Android sells a plethora of EXTREMELY cheap phones (which are also very cheaply made and are pretty much junk), imagine someone who had the choice between one of those junk phones or an iPhone 4S at a cheap rate...even if the phone is two generations old, it's still going to reign supreme at that pricing point, especially since it will still be able to use iOS 7 efficiently (albeit a bit watered down).
    07-11-2013 08:34 AM
  21. bunjy's Avatar
    Why do they need a new strategy to "compete" with Android? When Apple is released in a new market, it dominates...and it does it every single time a new market is reached. I'd say their strategy is working pretty well as it is honestly. Android sells a plethora of EXTREMELY cheap phones (which are also very cheaply made and are pretty much junk), imagine someone who had the choice between one of those junk phones or an iPhone 4S at a cheap rate...even if the phone is two generations old, it's still going to reign supreme at that pricing point, especially since it will still be able to use iOS 7 efficiently (albeit a bit watered down).
    I didn't say this was a new strategy; it's part of Apple's evolving strategy to address emerging markets. It is true that Apple is currently addressing this by pushing older models such as the 4 and 4S. But to say that Apple is dominating every new market is not quite true (take China for example).

    http://www.techhive.com/article/2042...ket-share.html

    Whether Apple continues selling older models rather than a less expensive, plastic model depends on several factors. I think we're all intelligent enough figure out what those factors are.
    07-11-2013 09:48 AM
  22. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Would anyone be upset if Apple start selling the rumored plastic iPhones but only in emerging markets like China and not in the U.S.?
    07-11-2013 10:01 AM
  23. Guacho's Avatar
    Why do they need a new strategy to "compete" with Android? When Apple is released in a new market, it dominates...and it does it every single time a new market is reached. I'd say their strategy is working pretty well as it is honestly. Android sells a plethora of EXTREMELY cheap phones (which are also very cheaply made and are pretty much junk), imagine someone who had the choice between one of those junk phones or an iPhone 4S at a cheap rate...even if the phone is two generations old, it's still going to reign supreme at that pricing point, especially since it will still be able to use iOS 7 efficiently (albeit a bit watered down).
    Strongly disagree, what you say is clearly what's going in the US and Apple certainly does not need a budget iphone here.
    In emerging countries though it's a total different story, yes Android reaches this countries with a plethora of cheap phones and this is the reason Apple wants to get some of this market with a cheaper iphone.
    Now the 4S theory, in most emerging countries the new iphone, let's say the 5S wont launch until next year and when it launches it will be out of reach for the majority of the people and it doesn't neccesarily mean the market will be flooded with cheap iphone 4s's, the 4s and even the 4 remain very expensive phones and out of reach for many people, the networks dont offer the same subsidies we get here and they are 1000 times more evil and greedy than all the networks in the US.

    In south america for example, pre paid plans are way more popular than regular post paid plans and this is in part because of the almost zero subsidies and long contracts, this is why android has a pretty good product penetration in these countries, they make so many phones that they can easily sell older devices at very good prices to everyone , Apple as it is now can't compete with that.
    A cheaper iphone at launch is what these markets need.
    Last edited by Guacho; 07-11-2013 at 10:33 AM.
    07-11-2013 10:22 AM
  24. Guacho's Avatar
    Would anyone be upset if Apple start selling the rumored plastic iPhones but only in emerging markets like China and not in the U.S.?
    I guess so, but I doubt Apple would do that, they would make it available here as well.
    07-11-2013 10:24 AM
  25. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I guess so, but I doubt Apple would do that, they would make it available here as well.
    I doubt it as well, but for the sake of discussion, how would it be perceived if Apple did do it in that manner? Would the media excoriate Apple for not providing a premium phone to countries outside the U.S. or will it be welcomed like the cheap notebook computers that were issued in Africa a while back? Would people say complain about it having a plastic shell like to original iPhone? I'm just throwing out questions for the sake of discussion and nothing more so let's hear it...
    07-11-2013 10:34 AM
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