A Reuters report issued on Thursday claims that the Cupertino-based company is looking into a variety of possibilities to expand its iPhone line of products for 2013 and 2013. The new line of products will include cheaper pricing, larger screen sizes and it will come in a variety of colors.
According to the report, four people close to Apple’s plan suggested that the company is considering a high number of iPhone models for 2014, such as a cheaper $99 version, 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iterations and models with color options besides the regular black and white ones.
While this is nothing new because multiple rumors surrounded Apple’s low-cost iPhone with bigger display size and multiple colors, apparently, these sources have direct knowledge regarding the situation via Apple’s suppliers in Asia. Based on these four sources, the company is considering only two different display sizes and namely 4.7 and 5.7 inches. This means that Apple is more likely to introduce two bigger models of iPhone next year.
This thing might come as a response to Samsung’s success within the last year with large display smartphones. Samsung’s performance in the smartphone field has surpassed Apple since the middle of 2012. However, since Apple loves to change its mind in the last moment, this is nothing sure. Until 2014, when these two products are expected to launch, Apple will definitely change its mind in multiple ways.
Compared to other similar reports concerning Apple’s low cost iPhone with a bigger display and a colorful spectrum, this new report is focusing on details regarding the lower cost iPhone. Sources claim that it could be priced as low as $99. The plastic casing and components represent the reason why Apple’s new handset will come with such a low price.
A low-cost handset will hit poor markets in China, India or Brazil, and it will reach the hands of a high percent of the population. Following Samsung’s model, a cheaper handset will place Apple at the top of the smartphone market once again.
While some rumors suggest the fact that Apple’s cheaper handset will hit the market in 2014, other sources claim that test runs are already scheduled for July ahead of mass production in August.
According to another source “Trial production was originally planned to start in June, but mixing of colors is taking longer than expected as Apple has very high and idealistic standards”. The same source said that 20 million units of low-cost iPhone are expected to ship within the fourth quarter.