Apple has performed remarkably well in the smartphone environment from the beginning despite offering a single model compared to dozens from its rivals, especially Samsung. While Apple might be able to hold on to its position with just one iPhone model even in the near future it is pretty clear that the company will be able to sell more phones if it were to sell a model that costs less than the iPhone.
According to a rumor coming from Japanese Apple blog Macotakara the Cupertino company might do just that this year. According to a story that has appeared on the blog Apple will, sometime later this year, launch a new iPhone model that is made from polycarbonate material – like Nokia – and will hence be cheaper.
As a policy, Apple has always stuck to metallic bodies for its iPhones, not just to make the phone durable, but more importantly, to give it a premium feel and look. This is also one of the reason why iPhone costs more than Samsung’s smartphones.
An iPhone with a polycarbonate body will naturally bring down production cost and hence the sale price, but to maintain the device’s durability the iPhone will be thicker than its metallic counterpart.
The glossy plastic body used will be similar to the one that was used in Apple’s entry-level MacBook, that was later replaced by the MacBook Air. The expected price for the plastic iPhone is $330.
Moving over to rumors about the regular next generation iPhone (which some refer to as iPhone 5S), the blog says, it will have a larger, 4.5 inch screen vs the iPhone 5’s 4 inch display. However, the larger iPhone will only be announced next year.
Rumors about a 4.5 inch iPhone or even a 5 inch iPhone model have been doing the rounds recently, but each of them contradict the other when it comes to the launch time frame. As always independent designers have also released renderings of iPhones in various sizes. The prospect of an iPhone ‘phablet’ does sound tempting. Do you agree?