There have been many reports that Apple is readying a cheaper iPhone. A new rumor from Digitimes suggests that Apple will be releasing a cheap iPhone made of plastic or a “chassis mixed with plastic and metal, with the internal metal parts being able to be seen from outside through special design” to keep costs down.
The sources pointed out that the related upstream components for the entry-level iPhone are currently going through validation and the actual product may show up in the market in the second half of 2013.
Would this be a step backwards for Apple? This would obviously be similar in build quality to an iPhone 3GS, but is a cheaper iPhone alternative that important to the market? What would the price point be? Would this iPhone be cheap subsidized or unsubsidized? I think these are all questions that need to be answered.