The heavily rumoured budget iPhone could hit retailers before the eagerly awaited iPhone 5S release date, industry analysts have predicted.
With WWDC to kick off next week, Apple’s next-generation iOS 7 operating system is expected to be formally unveiled, with the company’s CEO Tim Cook having recently stated the tech giant’s new product lines would not be showcased until September.
However, with the iPhone 5S widely expected to be next on Apple’s launch list, the iPhone 5 follow-on will reportedly be beaten to market by the much mooted budget iPhone, an as yet unconfirmed device seemingly set to rival the mass of wallet-friendly Android offerings.
According to repeated Apple tipster, Topeka Capital analyst Brian White, the budget iPhone will precede the iPhone 5S although it is not yet clear when exactly the cheaper smartphone will land.
Speaking in a note to investors, White claimed than the budget iPhone, reportedly tipped to be known as the iPhone mini, will land ahead of the next flagship phone and will be made available in five colours.
He suggested that as well as the basic black and white hues, the other budget iPhone colours on offer would include pink and blue. The final colour is reportedly still unknown.
Budget iPhone Rumours
An item of much rumour and speculation, the budget iPhone is reportedly set to offer a more refined, mid-range iOS experience, drawing consumers in to Apple’s ecosystem at a more accessible price point.
Expected to boast a 4-inch display, it has been claimed the handset could feature a plastic form factor, while contrasting reports have hinted at a vibrant brushed metal finish similar to that of the latest iPod touch.
Although the company has failed to rule out such a handset, Apple’s Senior Vice President Phil Schiller dampened reports of a budget iPhone stating: “Despite the popularity of cheap smartphones, this will never be the future of Apple’s products.
He added: “Every product Apple creates, we consider using only the best technology available.”
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