Cheaper iPhone launching in 2013 with $99-$149 retail price according to Bloomberg


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.

Via: Bloomberg

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  • RaduTanasescu

    If Apple wants to become a mediocre company, then yeah, they should go for it. When did Apple ever have budget products? That’s right. Never. Why? Because value is different from price.
    Apple never competes on price, because they can compete on quality.
    They make huge profits, why on earth would they want to launch a budget phone? What’s wrong with making the iPhone 4 cheaper?
    This worries me. Making a cheaper iPhone is the easiest way to increase profits. Making a new product, or making the next iPhone better is the hard way and the only way Apple does things.
    Tim Cook is beginning to look like a bozo.

  • rhymiZ

    Samsung is owning them that’s why

  • RaduTanasescu

    @rhymiZ Apple is doing really good. They stil are the most valuable and profitable company on the planet. It’s not like they’re going bankrupt.
    And a cheaper iPhone does not offer the edge over the competition. And Apple is what it is for offering better quality, not lower prices.
    If they make a cheap iPhone, that’s when Samsung wins.

  • Aside from the screen size I would like to know what other features will this device have. Like will it also have SIRI or Google Maps maybe?