A couple of days ago, I came across very interesting pieces of news about Apple and how they may be in the process of making a cheaper iPhone targeting low-budget and mid-range smartphone users (read it here). Earlier today, I came across an interesting post on Ubergizmo about a leaked photo of the back cover of an Apple iPhone which is definitely not that of iPhone 5 and is not that of an iPhone with a screen larger than 4 inches. Apple has never been a company that comes up with products that target low spenders, but if this low cost smartphone is real, then it only means that the competition for the entry level users in the smartphone market currently dominated by Samsung with their wide range of Galaxy smartphones has just switch to a new gear.
The rumor of Apple’s ambition to build a low cost iPhone surfaced a couple of months ago in various discussion boards but this is the first time that anything that resembles proof actually surfaces. As a matter of fact, the rumors actually pointed at July as the date that Apple would launch the low-cost iPhone alongside the much touted iPhone 5 smartphone which is expected to be a major improvement from the current flagship smartphone iPhone 5. The leaked photo flaunts a white rear plastic cover of an iPhone with iPhone logo and several slots on the sides, definitely for side buttons.
Numerous rumors have in the past claimed that the rear covers of the cheaper smartphone may be made from plastic but will be a hybrid of several Apple products in build including an iPhone 5’s front, the overall form of an iPod classic and the bottom of iPod touch 5th Generation. The rumors went ahead to pinpoint an A5 chip as the processor to come with the iPhone along with a 5 megapixels rear camera and a choice of 5 colors including Red, Blue, Black, Yellow and White.
If this is a genuine image, then many Apple fans who couldn’t afford the iPhone 5 may be relieved they can now get one for less than $300 off-the-shelf, unlocked and contract free. For now though, the legitimacy of the image cannot be verified and you have to take this rumor with a grain of salt.
If the cheaper iPhone really exists and will be coming to the market soon, would you buy it? What are the minimal features that the low-end phone must have to make you get it? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.