Over the past few days, we’ve heard a lot of speculation regarding new iPhone launches this year. DigiTimes was the first publication to throw its two cents’ worth in to the hat, with rumors of a 5-inch budget model iPhone. Later on yesterday, WSJ “confirmed” that a cheaper iPhone was coming in 2013. Today, Bloomberg is chiming in with its own report based on discussions with its own sources.
“Apple, which had been working on a more affordable smartphone since at least February 2011, is weighing retail prices of $99 to $149 for a device that would debut in late 2013, at the earliest, according to the person, who asked not to be named because the negotiations are private. Apple has spoken to at least one of the top U.S. wireless carriers about its plans, the person said yesterday.”
With the likes of Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal all agreeing on a budget model iPhone, it’s hard to ignore the rumor, and yet it still remains just that. It may have more credibility now that there are well-renowned publications backing the speculation, but until Apple announces it, it’s still just speculation.
One question remains: if Apple has been talking to one major US carrier, which one is it? With the recent T-mobile announcement, you could be forgiven for putting two and two together and coming up with the Magenta carrier. Would Cupertino really launch a cheaper iPhone exclusively on the US’ “uncarrier”? Let us know your thoughts.