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Video showcasing the alleged low-cost iPhone appears

24 July, 2013 | Read the news | Post your comment
Video showcasing the alleged low-cost iPhone appears - read the full textA rather detailed look at what is allegedly the new budget-range iPhone model has surfaced. Before you get too excited, though, keep in mind that it is only the plastic back panel of the device. In terms of design, the device looks to be hybrid between the Apple 3GS and the iPod Touch...

 

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> In reply to Jana @ 2013-07-24 15:26 from Iaa} - click to readYes, Their first phone was plastic, looks like they are going back to their roots. Stupid comment.

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  • 2013-07-24 16:20
  • rvQk

> In reply to thefearfulsilence @ 2013-07-24 13:56 from nG}0 - click to readPeople here in uk on benefits have iphones now even mothers chav like just going round with iphone..This next iphone 5s/6 unless its blows us away is not going to sell well..The 5 sales are mainly iphone addicts and people upgrading from 4 after 2 year contract is up.

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  • 2013-07-24 16:08
  • nEqJ

> In reply to thefearfulsilence @ 2013-07-24 13:56 from nG}0 - click to readVery much agree with all of this.

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  • 2013-07-24 15:58
  • p$VH

> In reply to Jana @ 2013-07-24 15:26 from Iaa} - click to readBut they could then sue every phone namufacturer for using plastic phones whilst stamping their feet and shouting 'they copied us'! Lol ;o)

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  • 2013-07-24 15:53
  • p$VH

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-07-24 11:27 from H5Dk - click to read3gs is plastic? i think not.. i got a very heavy metal slab 3gs. where the HTC hero users used to teas it using metal detector app.

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  • 2013-07-24 15:45
  • v0qZ

probably best time to get an iphone 4s. one of the best built phones to this day in my opinion

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  • 2013-07-24 15:43
  • mXb5

Apple shouldn't make a budget iphone because it's a company known for premium phones and producing plastic iphones will make the company lose its reputation

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  • 2013-07-24 15:26
  • Iaa}

Apple will sue Samsung using plastic lol :)

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  • 2013-07-24 15:07
  • 49xp

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-07-24 13:10 from YQv0 - click to readYes, it is flexible but it gets a shock very well as I have seen!

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  • 2013-07-24 15:03
  • nxuk

> In reply to AgentZachs @ 2013-07-24 14:26 from LxG3 - click to readyeah agreed, mine will flex to almost 90 degrees, i don't want to bend further just in case i actually snap it, but it is very flexible, oh and if it was actually damaged it would be like a few quid to replace as opposed to the parts for the "premium" models

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  • 2013-07-24 14:30
  • 3a@P

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-07-24 13:10 from YQv0 - click to readlol. troll. Have you ever tried breaking the "teeny paper thin plastic"? It's designed to be flexible, not hard so that it would snap.

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  • 2013-07-24 14:26
  • LxG3

A low cost iphone would just be stupid. The Iphone 5 has the specs of a midrange droid yet costs more than the latest droid flagships. If apple indeed made a low cost iphone, it would have the processing power of a nokia feature phone.

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  • 2013-07-24 14:14
  • UJCv

Crapple are so yesterday...........

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  • 2013-07-24 14:05
  • mXb5

At first glance a budget iphone makes sense given that there is money to be made in the mid market segment. However it does go against the premium/superior/elitest/ego (delete as appropriate) branding that makes Apple stand out in the first place.
Now before I go any further, I have owned both top end iPhones and Androids so I hold no bias either way with Apple or Android and would gain nothing by doing so (anyone who has read any of my posts before will already know this).
What you can't get away from is the fact that a big part of owning an iphone (or any other Apple product) is the status element and, sadly, a lot of people will automatically go out and by an iphone for this reason alone. If Apple choose to drop in to the mid market sector as well then some of that exclusivity status instantly disappears.
Furthermore, just how much bang will you get for your buck when most of the price of an iphone is the Apple branding itself - and that's before we enter the BS-laden minefield of build quality, user experience etc which are highly subjective areas anyway, and now form the staple of most brands self image projection.
You need look no further than the scaled down tablet that is the ipad mini. It's frankly a joke in terms of specs vs price.
Apple need to be careful because people are becoming less and less likely to fall for the 'Apple offers a superior user experience/build quality' argument that I mentioned earlier. If they can pull off a well specced mid ranger that offers real value then fair play to them, I'm not sure Mr Jobs would be looking down too favourably on it though.

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  • 2013-07-24 13:56
  • nG}0

> In reply to Carlos @ 2013-07-24 13:08 from YQv0 - click to readyou are quoting half a comment made in january this year, when the iphone was less then 3 months old, apple is looking to getting into emerging markets as with all tech companies, what they say one minute is not what they do the next, i draw your attention to the ipad mini, a device that was said would never happen, simply because there was not a market for small tablets, subsequently the ipad mini came out and started outselling the larger ipads simply because of the increased portability, then he moved to attack 7" tablets, at the end of the day, until it is released nobody knows for sure, but it would be safe bet to say they will bring out an iPhone lite to aim for markets such as china and the far east as well as south american countries and eastern european countries also IMHO.

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  • 2013-07-24 13:56
  • 3a@P

Guys this is the works of the Chinese. I stay in Zimbabwe and I have seen lots of these covers and even the actual phones. Chinese are good at making replicas that can fool even experts. It really takes seasoned geeks to decipher the difference.These fakes are so common in emerging markets especially Africa simply because major OEMs do not formally launch their products here and in most cases there are no formal retail shops for these OEMs.

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  • 2013-07-24 13:39
  • g5dK

even more hideous and fAK.E. Other brands advertisement looks perfect and no fake

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  • 2013-07-24 13:36
  • XMcY

> In reply to iamsujeet @ 2013-07-24 13:11 from tTSk - click to readOf course, they are afraid of all the better phones out there (like the Asha).

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  • 2013-07-24 13:25
  • ajUh

the worst fake item i have ever seen . It is clearly a plastic case with a chassis from an iphone pushed inside it .Apple will and only make premium products for lots of money , what next a budget imac ? NO because it would NEVER happen .

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  • 2013-07-24 13:22
  • mpQ3

This low cost iPhone is the reason Google and Moto sell the come up with the Moto X phone costing just $300 off contrat.

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  • 2013-07-24 13:20
  • Np}w

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