The WSJ is adding fuel to the fire that we covered earlier today with Digitimes predicting a low-cost iPhone later this year by citing “people briefed on the matter” that Apple is actually working on a lower-end, maybe even plastic, iPhone.
The WSJ doesn’t peg a timeline on this rumor, but opens with this:
Apple Inc. is working on a lower-end iPhone, according to people briefed on the matter, a big shift in corporate strategy as its supremacy in smartphones has slipped.
While Apple has explored such a device for years, the plan is progressing and a less expensive version of its flagship device could launch later this year, one of the people said.
The cheaper phone could resemble the standard iPhone, with a different, less-expensive body, one of the people said.
Since we know that Apple will never confirm or deny if there is a low-cost device in the works until it appears (or doesn’t), so the rumors will keep coming. I’m betting the next thing we’ll see, and within two months, is a “prototype” of the low-cost iPhone. I’m going to bet it will look like a slightly thicker, black plastic, iPhone 5.
What’s your prediction?