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Rumor: Apple suppliers now shipping 'large number' of parts for low-cost iPhone

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Apple is allegedly gearing up to launch its new low-cost iPhone in the near future, with key suppliers now said to be shipping components, including 28-nanometer processors from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

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An alleged low-cost iPhone rear shell, first revealed in April.


In addition to TSMC, Largan Precision is said to be providing an 8-megapixel camera for the device, while Foxconn is reportedly supplying the battery module and most of the inner frame, and Taiflex Scientific is responsible for the device's flexible circuit. The details come from a report this week by the Commercial Times, which was highlighted on Thursday by Macotakara.

It was said that companies are now shipping a "large number" of parts, and "intensive delivery" is currently underway. Other alleged suppliers noted by the report are Kinsus, SPIL, Texas Instruments, Renesas Electronics, and Chipbond.

Apple is said to be preparing to have a large number of handsets ready for the second half of the year, to compensate for the fact that it did not introduce any new major products in the first half of 2013. The report claimed that Apple could make the new low-end iPhone available as soon as August.

The details come on the heels of a separate report that claimed the new low-cost iPhone will adopt color saturations similar to Apple's official "Bumper" cases for the iPhone 4. Rumored colors are the established black and white, joined by pink, blue, and orange.

Market watchers have predicted that Apple could sell a new low-end iPhone model for $399 without a service contract without negatively affecting its gross margins. Such a device could appeal to customers who prefer not to sign a new two-year cellular service contract in order to subsidize the price of a new handset.

With the launch of multiple new iPhones anticipated for this fall, it's likely that Apple will begin production in the near future as it gears up for their official debuts. Last year, Apple introduced and made available the iPhone 5 in September.
post #2 of 73
Well...yeah. Think of this, if the trends continue, the iPhone 4 will be discontinued this summer and the 4s will be the new free on contract phone. It'll also be the only device sporting a 30-pin connector (ignoring the iPod Classic, which Apple seems fine to do) and the only iOS device with the old screen. Making a new device for the low end would reduce the number of parts and pieces being made. This probably isn't so much a new iPhone as a new iPhone 4s - not that there's anything wrong with that.
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Methinks there shall be a lot of crow eating on this site for all the people who said that there is no way that Apple would ever do this.

post #4 of 73
I'm still not convinced it will be plastic or as ugly as some of these mockups seem.

But $399 for basically a rebodied 4S sounds about right.

I'm sure a lot of the graphical elements of iOS 7 will be turned off to differentiate the new cheaper phone from the higher end 5 and 5S.
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I'm wondering when Apple is going to sign up China Mobile.
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Nice ideas! Makes financial sense. (To Jesters' comment)

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Methinks there shall be a lot of crow eating on this site for all the people who said that there is no way that Apple would ever do this.

 

The typical response to being wrong here is to rewrite history and twist their previous words to fit the outcome.  Eating crow or admitting being wrong rarely happens with the individuals you speak of.  Enjoy the fact that they were wrong, but don't expect any admission of it.


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This seems like a launch Apple would keep more quiet about.  I mean, you don't want to draw attention to your cheap, low powered device when announcing your next generation iPhone.  I really don't think this will get a major announcement, other than a press release.  I certainly do not see it being worked into the iPhone announcements at the end of the summer or the in the fall.  

 

Well, I guess there could be an event held in China or India, but I don't see a major event in the states.

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Nothing in that post supports that the components (they say are) being shipped are necessarily for a lower-cost iPhone.

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Methinks there shall be a lot of crow eating on this site for all the people who said that there is no way that Apple would ever do this.

Very few people said Apple would never do this.

 

The debate was about whether they should, and if they did, what the implications would be.

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I'm wondering when Apple is going to sign up China Mobile.

This is the most important question for AAPL in the next few months.

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I think the lower end phones will be plastic, and will come in a variety of colors.  But I think those colors are going to be the highlight colors we're seeing in iOS 7. 

 

I bet that White or Black (or both) will be reserved for the high end phone.

 

Apple has done this before, differentiating by color.  People who see the colored iPhone will know it's the cheap model, which will signal different status for the owner. 

 

EG: You could afford an iPhone so you're above the status of people sporting androids, but you don't have the elite black or white iPhone so you're not rich. 

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I think the lower end phones will be plastic, and will come in a variety of colors.  But I think those colors are going to be the highlight colors we're seeing in iOS 7. 

 

I bet that White or Black (or both) will be reserved for the high end phone.

 

Apple has done this before, differentiating by color.  People who see the colored iPhone will know it's the cheap model, which will signal different status for the owner. 

 

EG: You could afford an iPhone so you're above the status of people sporting androids, but you don't have the elite black or white iPhone so you're not rich. 

yes, thats the way brands work even if the cheap phone is not that much worse, in terms of functionality.

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Methinks there shall be a lot of crow eating on this site for all the people who said that there is no way that Apple would ever do this.

You underestimate people here. You underestimate their ability to deny being wrong, to shape-shift their original position into new reality. Crow is simply not on the menu in this venue. Everything tastes like chicken, make that quail, to them.

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And of course the iPhone 4 is going away, and the iPhone 4S. Its all about the connector. 

 

I think the cheap iPhones may ship with games controllers. The WWDC is giving games  a lot of loving, and I reckon the new connector is needed for all this

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post #16 of 73
Where's all the logos and text beneath "iPhone"?
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The iPad mini is a crap idea, it will never happen....

 

oh

 

Long Live The iPad mini! 

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post #18 of 73
It's good news.

Apple are due a lower cost iPhone. It's a little over due.

They've creamed off the premium phone profits. They can cream off the profits from the 'lower to mid' end with a plastic phone.

It's a contracted version of their iPod strategy.

I wish them well.

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I think the lower end phones will be plastic, and will come in a variety of colors.  But I think those colors are going to be the highlight colors we're seeing in iOS 7. 

I bet that White or Black (or both) will be reserved for the high end phone.

Apple has done this before, differentiating by color.  People who see the colored iPhone will know it's the cheap model, which will signal different status for the owner. 

EG: You could afford an iPhone so you're above the status of people sporting androids, but you don't have the elite black or white iPhone so you're not rich. 

Ever hear of a case?
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Ever hear of a case?

I see. You think people will buy the cheap phone and buy an expensive case. Thats foiled Apple's cunning plan.

 

Unless there are differences in size or button position in the cheap ones. Unless....

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You underestimate people here. You underestimate their ability to deny being wrong, to shape-shift their original position into new reality. Crow is simply not on the menu in this venue. Everything tastes like chicken, make that quail, to them.

It's not people here. It's just people. Once here you told a poster they were using a mixed metaphor when they were not. When I corrected you, you dug your heels in so hard you must have needed new shoes the next day. So if you're going to blanket everyone here with that accusation just make sure you're on the top of the list.
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It's not people here. It's just people. Once here you told a poster they were using a mixed metaphor when they were not. When I corrected you, you dug your heels in so hard you must have needed new shoes the next day. So if you're going to blanket everyone here with that accusation just make sure you're on the top of the list.


So you're saying that he didn't change his original position?

 

... but but isn't that what Stelligent was talking about? People denying by changing positions.

 

I'm confused.

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I'm wondering when Apple is going to sign up China Mobile.
My guess is when this phone is released
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So you're saying that he didn't change his original position?

... but but isn't that what Stelligent was talking about? People denying by changing positions.

I'm confused.

You're right it wasn't a denial that involved changing of positions. But when I read "you underestimate their ability to deny being wrong" the irony level went to 11. I even got his "best medical opinion" concerning mixed metaphors. I admit to overlooking his more nuanced point in his post. That's my bad.
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You're right it wasn't a denial that involved changing of positions. But when I read "you underestimate their ability to deny being wrong" the irony level went to 11. I even got his "best medical opinion" concerning mixed metaphors. I admit to overlooking his more nuanced point in his post. That's my bad.


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Methinks there shall be a lot of crow eating on this site for all the people who said that there is no way that Apple would ever do this.

 

Apple will *NEVER* build a cheap phone.  It would be a violation of everything Apple is about.

 

<Apple releases cheap phone>

 

That is not a cheap phone.  It is amazing that they can put that much innovation into an inexpensive phone.  For the price, that quality is amazing, and now the rest of the world can enjoy Apple awesomeness.

 

 

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What would be removed from the iPhone to make it cheaper? What would the iPhone 4s become? As I agree, if anything, the 4s would become the entry phone. But look at Apple's entry notebook, the MBA and entry computer the Mac Mini, both all aluminum. 

 

If anything, they will follow the iPod Touch redesign and remove a camera, possibly items like Gyro and Compass. 

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...possibly items like Gyro and Compass. 

No way would that happen.

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No way would that happen.

 

The exercise was to try and determine what would be removed to make it cheaper, if at all Apple would introduce such a product, which I still don't see. So what is currently in the iPhone that users who would buy a cheaper version, would not need that could be removed to make it cheaper? 

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What would be removed from the iPhone to make it cheaper? What would the iPhone 4s become? As I agree, if anything, the 4s would become the entry phone. But look at Apple's entry notebook, the MBA and entry computer the Mac Mini, both all aluminum. 

If anything, they will follow the iPod Touch redesign and remove a camera, possibly items like Gyro and Compass. 

Gyro and compass? Not at all likely as those are used in both motion and location tracking, pretty important pieces of data for both the user and Apple.
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Apple will *NEVER* build a cheap phone.  It would be a violation of everything Apple is about.

 

<Apple releases cheap phone>

 

That is not a cheap phone.  It is amazing that they can put that much innovation into an inexpensive phone.  For the price, that quality is amazing, and now the rest of the world can enjoy Apple awesomeness.

 

 

I don't see any 'crow eating' coming any time soon :p    Learn to AppleInsider.

 

 

If they introduce a plastic iPhone, I will eat crow! 

 

Answer me this; what entry level Apple product is plastic? Even the iPod Shuffle is aluminum. 

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Gyro and compass? Not at all likely as those are used in both motion and location tracking, pretty important pieces of data for both the user and Apple.

 

And what motion and tracking will be needed by someone who only uses a phone to talks and send texts? Assuming this is the market this rumored cheap phone is for. 

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The exercise was to try and determine what would be removed to make it cheaper, if at all Apple would introduce such a product, which I still don't see. So what is currently in the iPhone that users who would buy a cheaper version, would not need that could be removed to make it cheaper? 
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Gyro and compass? Not at all likely as those are used in both motion and location tracking, pretty important pieces of data for both the user and Apple.

There's much cheaper smartphones that include the same basic features found on a top-of-the-line model. Typically less-expensive components and casings are used rather than not including a base function at all.
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The exercise was to try and determine what would be removed to make it cheaper, if at all Apple would introduce such a product, which I still don't see. So what is currently in the iPhone that users who would buy a cheaper version, would not need that could be removed to make it cheaper? 


Margin.

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And what motion and tracking will be needed by someone who only uses a phone to talks and send texts? Assuming this is the market this rumored cheap phone is for. 

Apple still wants to know where you are, users still want to play games, and maps work better with compasses.
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And what motion and tracking will be needed by someone who only uses a phone to talks and send texts? Assuming this is the market this rumored cheap phone is for. 

The assumption is faulty. Why would Apple want to make a phone that can't run apps? It's Apple. They're not making a dumbphone. They're not gimping the iPhone. It just will not happen.

Also, you're fine with a phone that can only be used in portrait? You don't see any problem with that?

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And what motion and tracking will be needed by someone who only uses a phone to talks and send texts? Assuming this is the market this rumored cheap phone is for. 

 

I'm thinking iPod touch with 16GB storage at $399 for the new iPhone {something} and the iPhone 5 will be renamed simply iPhone? 

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The assumption is faulty. Why would Apple want to make a phone that can't run apps? It's Apple. They're not making a dumbphone. They're not gimping the iPhone. It just will not happen.

Also, you're fine with a phone that can only be used in portrait? You don't see any problem with that?

 

LOL no, I am not fine with any of it. I am putting the question out there for those who think a cheaper, plastic phone is on the way. What would be removed or take away to make it cheaper? Which I DO NOT think Apple will do. But for those saying it will happen, then show me how it will happen. 

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Margin.

 

And why would Apple do that? It is always better to sell fewer items at higher margin than more at less margin as you have to take into account the entire supply chain. 

 

Don't believe me, but look at Apple's profit vs. Samsung's profit. 

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