All this week we’ve been reading rumors and speculation surrounding Apple’s allegedly inevitable low-cost iPhone. While we’re unsure if it’s actually going to happen, others think Apple would be stupid not to. Regardless, we’ve heard all sorts about it from multi-colored polycarbonate shells to it having a huge 4.5-inch display. One analyst in particular – who has a track record in getting things fairly accurate – has stated Apple will use the same 4-inch panel found in the iPhone 5. Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities stated that the specs and features of the budget model iPhone were decided back in 2011, and the company will not be shifting to the industry trend of huge displays any time soon.
He also states that the main body of the smartphone will be a very thin shell made of fiber-glass infused plastic making it lighter and stronger than your typical polycarbonate/plastic phones. Colors-wise, we’re looking at anything between 4-6 different hues, similar to the new iPod touch lineup. Kuo also remarks that speculation regarding Apple moving its manufacturing from Foxconn to Pegatron for the low-cost model is not true.
In essence, virtually every reputable site and source is singing from the same hymn-sheet (roughly). The budget iPhone is coming, we shouldn’t expect it to make much impact here in the West, but it will be vital for Apple’s success in the emerging markets of China, Brazil and India where higher end smartphones are far too expensive for the general public.