Retina-less Low-Cost iPhone By June?
With all these analysts giving their two cents about Apple’s hotly rumored low-cost iPhone, it’s becoming a bit tedious and a lot more bewildering on what the firm from Cupertino is really up to.
For instance, RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani said that Apple might release the budget-friendly iPhone this coming June or July sporting similar specs as the flagship iPhone 5 sans the Retina display and aluminum uni-body, but will instead have a plastic shell which further reduces manufacturing cost.
Our supply-chain checks indicate that AAPL is working to launch multiple new phones in the June/July time-frame this year. Specifically, AAPL will launch the iPhone5s and a more affordable but lower-end iPhone at the same time, in either late CYQ2 or early Q3.
The low-end iPhone will have the same 4″ form factor as the iPhone5 but will have plastic casing and no retina display. With a lower price-point, AAPL will be able to target a growing and important part of the Smartphone market (sub-$400 price-band).
This is contrary to what KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo declared – that the low cost iPhone will still have a Retina display similar to the iPhone 5 but will indeed be encased in a shell made of plastic/composite material.
Daryanani’s report also contradicts the recent announcement from Apple that starting May 1, all apps submitted to the Appstore must have support for both the Retina display and the iPhone 5’s larger 4-inch screen.
Starting May 1, new apps and app updates submitted to the App Store must be built for iOS devices with Retina display and iPhone apps must also support the 4-inch display on iPhone 5. Learn about preparing your apps by reviewing the iOS Human Interface Guidelines.
So, you see folks, even analysts with all their connections and industry insiders cannot agree on what our favorite fruit company will come up next. I’ve always said that, with Apple, nothing is definite until Apple definitely comes forward and says “this is what we’re doing right now”, which I believe would be a first and a miracle at the same time.
By the way, I’m totally digging these luscious renderings our friends from idownloadblog has discovered. All images were done for another publication by Dutch concept artist Martin Hajek. Just take a quick gander and tell me what you think.
Another week is coming to a close but here at Appleslut we’ll keep you posted in anything and everything Apple.
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