The next-gen iPhone is expected to launch next month, but there have also been rumours abounding not just about the iPhone 5, but a budget oriented Apple smartphone.
And it would seem suppliers are gearing up to produce just such a device, at least according to a report on Reuters.
Two sources have told the news site that manufacturers are preparing the ground for a new 8GB version of the iPhone 4.
Currently, there are two variants of the iPhone 4 when it comes to storage, the 16GB and 32GB models. Sim-free, these cost around £500 and £600 currently.
Of course, with the release of the iPhone 5, prices for number four will drop anyway. But a cost-cut version with just 8GB might be able to hit a more budget friendly market space, which has been Apple’s plan for some time, rumour has it.
This past year has seen explosive growth for Android, which has taken the crown of the number one smartphone OS. And one of the reasons it has been able to achieve this is the lower end cheap smartphones which have Google’s OS on board, not just the Galaxy S II type premium handsets.
Obviously Apple has always been premium-only when it comes to mobiles, but it would seem now is the time for a change of strategy.
Exactly how much Apple can flog a cut-down iPhone 4 for will, of course, be the key factor. Analysts seem to think possibly as low as £200, although we reckon it might be a task to get down that far.
We’ll finally be able to end all this iPhone speculation next month, when Apple (hopefully) rolls out its next-gen smartphone and whatever else is coming alongside it.