Do you desperately want an iPhone 5 but can’t afford the price? You’ll be pleased to know that, according to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is working on a less expensive version of the iPhone which will target customers with a lower budget. The discount iPhone will be available later this year according to Internet sources.
What would a cheaper iPhone offer?
This is the question we are asking ourselves: What features and options would we lose with a discounted iPhone? Are we willing to give up everything we love about Apple’s legendary iPhone? Here’s what the bare-bones iPhone may, or may not, have:
- The discounted iPhone might resemble the full-price iPhone but it could have a less expensive outer casing.
- The shell might be made out of polycarbonate which is cheaper than the current aluminum shell.
- The cheaper iPhone could contain recycled parts from old full-price iPhones.
Apple is facing harsh competition from Google’s Android and Samsung’s Galaxy smartphone models. More and more people are expecting lower prices which is reflected in Apple’s quarterly market reports. In the third quarter of 2012, Apple held 14.6% of the worldwide smartphone market which is down from 23% in the fourth quarter of 2011. This is a significant drop when it comes to the volatile smartphone market. On the other hand, Apple’s rival Samsung’s share rose from 8.8% in the third quarter of 2010 to 31.3% in the third quarter of 2012.
The iPhone continues to be the number one source of income for Apple. Similar to the iPad mini, a discounted version of the iPhone could boost Apple’s market share in the smartphone market.
Apple declined to comment on the cheap iPhone rumor. What do you think? What features would you give up for a less expensive version of the iPhone? Do you think the discount iPhone will be as popular as the iPad mini? If you’re still interested in purchasing an iPhone 5, check out our recent post, how much will owning an iPhone 5 actually cost, to see how Switch Wireless can save you money.
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