Originally Posted by Vaelian
The iPhone 3GS would be sufficiently old yet sufficiently capable to accomplish that at this point, if they just stuck a front-facing camera in there to allow FaceTime to be used.
What price point were you thinking of ? Similar lo-res screened devices are usually considered as low end, and sell for $100 to $150.
The Apple target is probably more the mid-range of $200 - $300, where there's a ton of competition from Huawei, ZTC, Samsung, Lenovo and others.
In China and India, $200 - $250 easily buys a 4" WVGA screened phone with 0.5+ GB RAM, 2-4GB Flash, 1GHz dual core CPU, A-GPS, 5MP rear camera, orientation sensors, and low cost microSD expansion of 32GB or more. Often, they also include dual SIM capability, which is popular to keep business and personal calls separate.
Who knows. Perhaps Tallest Skil is correct, and Apple will simply give up those huge markets without a fight.
OTOH, Apple has shown with the iPad Mini that they're willing to take lower cash profits in return for a high profit margin percentage-wise, so I could visualize them putting the iPhone 4 in a plastic case and selling it for ~$260 with a ~$160 BOM, which is ~40% gross like the iPads. Perhaps add a few dollars for the Apple name at first.
Edited by KDarling - 1/30/13 at 11:32am