Apple’s rumored low-cost plastic iPhone now has a price and alleged specifications according to Japanese blog Macotakara. The news came via AppleInsider stating that Apple’s plans for an inexpensive iPhone have been pushed back until 2014.
Here’s the scoop from Macotakara (via AppleInsider):
As for the cheaper iPhone model, it is suggested Apple will be using a material similar to the glossy polycarbonate body seen on the company’s entry-level MacBook, which was discontinued after it was replaced at the $999 price point by the 11-inch MacBook Air.
Apple apparently hopes to price its new entry-level iPhone at $330, matching what the company charges for the iPad mini. The entry-level iPhone is also expected to be thicker than the iPhone 5, thanks to the use of a polycarbonate body rather than aluminum and glass. The thicker material will reportedly increase the durability of the device.
Do you think Apple will be helping or hurting it’s brand by releasing a “cheap” iPhone. It sort of seems like backtracking to me, but on the other hand, I think it will expand the reach of iOS to people who normally wouldn’t have purchased an iPhone.
What do you think?