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Apple's Polycarbonate iPhone with 4.5-Inch Display Arriving for $330 in 2014?

iphone3gsJapanese blog Mac Otakara reports (via AppleInsider) that Apple's plans for a lower-cost iPhone have now been pushed back to 2014, with the company reportedly planning to use a polycarbonate body similar to that seen on the discontinued white plastic MacBook. Apple is said to be targeting a price of $330 for unsubsidized models, significantly lowering the cost of entry in markets where carrier subsidies are uncommon.

The lower-cost iPhone is also said to include a 4.5-inch display, larger than the 4-inch display that debuted last September with the iPhone 5. Apple has been rumored to be developing both larger and cheaper iPhone models, although most observers have expected the lower-cost iPhone to adopt a screen size in line with either the iPhone 4S or perhaps the iPhone 5 in order to help Apple save on costs. Digitimes last month was the first source to claim that the lower-cost iPhone would carry a larger screen with a launch later this year, but it later backtracked from those claims in noting that a larger iPhone would not launch this year.

Mac Otakara suggests that the plastic iPhone will measure somewhat thicker than the iPhone 5 given the thicker material being used for the casing, but that the device will otherwise be very similar to the current design.

Finally, the report claims that the iPhone 5S to be launched later this year will adopt a dual-LED flash system for the rear camera. iLounge had previously claimed that the iPhone 5S will include an improved flash, along with an enhanced rear camera sensor and a processor bump.

Mac Otakara has offered accurate information on Apple's plans in the past, including details on the iPod nano and iPod touch redesigns launched last year, but it has had some misses including a rumor that the iPod nano would add Wi-Fi capabilities to support iTunes in the Cloud.

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18 months ago
Some people still have trouble grasping the concept of unsubsidized phones. This phone is NOT primarily for the US. It's for countries where people have to pay for their phones up front, they don't have the cost of the phone spread out over 2 years like we do. It's also for countries who can't afford to drop $800 on a phone.

So you can "plastic, yuck" as much as you want but this is a smart move by Apple. This phone is not being made for you. It's being made for the billions of people in the world, including China, who can't afford the up-front cost of a $600+ phone. In the long run Apple would be STUPID to not go after that market now.
Rating: 28 Votes
18 months ago

Plastic... yuck.


I'd give you list of how many Apple products have been made of plastic but that would take too long.
Rating: 15 Votes
18 months ago
Apple seems to be moving away from plastic.

I don't think Apple would sell a device at an odd price point of $329, then again there is the iPad mini ...

And why would a budget phone have a bigger screen?
Rating: 14 Votes
18 months ago

Plastic... yuck.

They were very comfortable to hold though :rolleyes:
Rating: 13 Votes
18 months ago
4.5 inches and plastic. Fits in perfectly with most of the crappy Android devices :cool: Good thinking, Apple!
Rating: 8 Votes
18 months ago
It doesn't make sense, why not buy a high quality older gen for the same price?
Rating: 8 Votes
18 months ago

How's $330 a cheaper price when you can have a brand new iPhone 5 for $199?


Because that is the UNSUBSIDIZED price without a contract. The iPhone 5 is something like 600-700 unsubsidized.

That means closer to $99 or FREE! with a two year contract.
Rating: 7 Votes
18 months ago
2014 too far away for a cheaper iPhone with 4.5" display.

Just an incremental update to a 5S for 2013 is not enough.

2013 / 2014 just may be a rough run for Apple in the smartphone world, if this is all they're doing with their phone lineup.

Times have changed, Apple did too little, soon to be too late, it's a shame. All that money, all those Engineers and this how they're approaching the smartphone market over the next 2 years? Big mistake, imo.
Rating: 7 Votes
18 months ago
3.5 inch is dead.
Rating: 5 Votes
18 months ago
Yup, a big cheap phone for all those who keep on bleating about wanting a bigger screen.

And they can keep the quality new products at the current size for the rest of us.
Rating: 4 Votes

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