Apple Launching Larger, Low-Cost iPhone for Emerging Markets Late This Year?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Digitimes reports that Apple is planning to launch a new low-cost iPhone during the second half of this year, targeting emerging markets such as China with a new design and larger display.
    5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note II vs. iPhone 5 (Source:
    Rumors of a low-cost iPhone for such markets have circulated for years, although they have generally focused on a smaller "iPhone nano".

    Just last week, analyst Brian White claimed that Apple could be looking to launch multiple sizes of the next iPhone to address different markets. We did, however, note some of the obstacles to further increasing the iPhone's display size given that Apple has just gone through such a transition with the iPhone 5.

    Article Link: Apple Launching Larger, Low-Cost iPhone for Emerging Markets Late This Year?
  2. macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2010
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  3. macrumors G3


    Jun 12, 2012
    how would a larger phone be lower cost? Will it just be a bigger screen in a cheap body.....making us again choose between size and current standars/form factor (mini/ipad comparison)
  4. macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2012
    i heard something like this some years later, but nothing happend.
    apple will ever be expensive. :cool:
  5. macrumors 603


  6. macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2011
    Make cheap phone with a huge display, to appeal to lower class people. Sounds like Android in USA!
  7. macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2012
    Phaselocking Psychos somewhere on Pandora
    Hmmmm . . .

    Lower cost components?
    -Non retina
    -Big display
    -Older processor
    -Minimal storage

    Hey! It's the iPad Mini!!!
  8. macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2011
    larger iphone yes please. But not a low cost one. keep that crap for android.
  9. macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2011
    This doesn't make much sense. A larger display, but cheaper. Of course, they would probably withhold this from countries in Europe and North America. I'm guessing it would be an oversized iPhone 4/4S. Underpowered parts, large display.

    I think it would be nice if the price of the iPhone was based on things other than storage size. I'm tired of being gouged for an extra $100 for a 32GB model when it only costs Apple $7 extra for the 32GB chip.
  10. macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2012
    Apple going to cover cheap markets? Please not.

    Leave it to Samsung to create those cheap and ridiculous tablet sized phones.
  11. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
    lol at u people thinking an iPhone is still something thats only for the "rich spoilt brads" and "privileged" people

    that may have been the case in 2007 but that has changed years ago. now everyone has an iPhone and some of those "cheap plastic" androids are just as pricey if not more expensive (u can get the iPhone 5 for 1€ on a 29€ plan here)

    anyway, why invest into RaD if u could just sell the iPhone 4 for like 199€ without a plan
    (would make the iPod Touch even more useless tho)
  12. macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2012
    I had a similar thought.
  13. macrumors 601


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    This sentence doesn't make any sense.

    Furthermore, when has Apple ever tried to take out a high-end market by undercutting on price? That's usually what their competitors try to do.

    I have about as much faith in this rumor as I did in the rumors of Apple releasing a netbook. Just watch—sometime in the next couple weeks some analyst will release a story about how Apple is suddenly doomed because it isn't entering the low-cost 5" phone market. Ridiculous.
  14. macrumors 68020


    Jun 11, 2007
    Another screen size change so quickly? The should have just gone for it with the 5 instead of doing it again. But, I'll believe it when I see it.
  15. macrumors 6502


    Aug 2, 2009
    Not gonna happen. An iPhone is an iPhone. Period.

    The only way we'd see this.....Apple licenses IOS for use in other devices. Then, and only then, would we see "various" iPhones.

    And that's NOT gonna happen.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Nov 20, 2009
    London, UK
    1. See Samsung and others buid high-end behemoth 5+" phones, while the iPhone is 4"
    2. Launch low-end 5" phone
    3. See everyone start thinking that 5" phone = low-end phone
    4. See the high end of the market go back to 4" phones
    5. Profit

    This may be genius... Discredit Samsung, LG and everyone by letting customers think that big = crappy. And give strength back to the small form factor of the flagship high-end iPhone...
  17. macrumors regular


    Jun 6, 2007
    Louisiana, United States
    Is this a joke? :confused:

    In other news Apple is releasing a plastic, portable Mac Pro for sale only in Sub-Sarahan Africa. Equally probable.
  18. macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2011
    This. Also, remember that time when Apple was behind in PC marketshare, so they made a really cheap low end model to keep up with Dell and Acer?

    Oh wait.
  19. macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2011
  20. macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2006
    Lost Angeles, Ca. usa
    I find this hard to believe-maybe they mean that when the 5 'S' is released they will offer the 5 at the reduced iPhone rate (like they do currently with the 4 and 4 'S').
  21. macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006
    The low-cost iPhone is all ready out, it's the iPhone 4 that costs $0 with a contract. Anything else is the rumormill going full throttle with more baseless iPhone rumors.

    By the way, that Note looks similar in size to the iPad mini when it's next to the iPhone 5. Why oh why would anyone really use something that might as well be a tablet as a phone? Don't people realize that those iPad mini wannabes look ridiculous when held to the ear as a phone?

    I say to let devices do what they do best, in the sense of having them do what they were designed for, rather than meet at some weird in between size to satisfy the whiners.
  22. macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2006
    I hope Apple doesn't wait another 5 years before increasing the screen size again. I'd love an iPhone with a 4.5" or 4.7" screen. Screen size is the number one reason I've thought about moving on from the iPhone.

    I don't want a Galaxy Note sized screen though. There are the new phones coming with the 5" 1080p screen. I wouldn't mind that. :)
  23. macrumors 603


    Oct 5, 2008
    At this point, I wouldn't put anything past Apple. We do have an iPad Mini with a non-retina screen. Most people said there wouldn't be a smaller iPad.

    I guess we shall see in the upcoming months...

    I still think 4" is too small. The 4.8" S3 feels good in the hand and doesn't look massive in person.
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2012
    Houston, TX
    Dripping with elitism. Do you cuddle with your Apple products at night and while you kiss them murmur... "People will like me, they must love me. I buy Apple!"
  25. macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010

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