Wall Street Journal Jumps on the Low End iPhone Bandwagon

D30_4103 - 2012-12-02 at 09-31-51

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.
From: WSJ.com

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?

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  • BCSC

    iPhones already have low end specs and OS features. All they need to do is reduce the price to match.

  • Sidenine

    Lol. Well done Tim Cook. You’re really doing a great job carrying the torch for Apple. He’s pretty much taking all the ideas Steve Jobs threw in the trash, and uncrumpling the paper. Warning Apple fans…innovation died with Steve.

    • http://rounak.me/ Rounak Jain

      the revenues and profits continue to soar though :)

      • sidenine

        Yeah? Have you seen their stock price lately? They hit around $700 a share in September after the iPhone 5 launched, but now are at $521 as of today. So 26% loss in the value of a company in 4 months is good?

        • http://rounak.me/ Rounak Jain

          i think the stock price would soar like crazy once apple announces their holiday quarter results

  • Hank

    It’s called iphone 4. It’s already created

  • mabbent

    I still have trouble understanding the number of posting that complain about how Apple is running THIER company. They have to make a profit, yeah they may be at upper end of net over gross. This allows them to pay employes better, keeping retention high (less training cost), hire better/more Engineers, experiment with new and odd technologies. They still have to cover the cost of dead ends. Apple also provides/develops many I house Apps that work wonderfully. I don’t know of any phone/tablet manufactures that have invested largely in Apps.

    I would have guessed that most users of the various iDevice forums would be techno-geeks and early adopters and able to apply a higher of logic to these issues.

    Why does every new iDevice have have a new physical radical . All my cars have the same basic design. Take Toyota, they generally keep the same body style for two to four years. This GREATLY reduces the cost of each vehicle, spreading out R&D cost. Changes from year to year are of nature that improves the operation, efficiency and safety of the vehicle. Most time changes in body design come about due to operational factors or cost reduction.

    Apple runs their company along the same lines. Why does the physical form factor have change every year (or six months), if it provides no improvements in operation. If all an updates does is increase speed of the phone using less power, we should be happy (if this happens with a car, we are all happy). Better antena placement (no auto makers has avoided a recall), more efficient power sources, improvments in external strength, improved visuals (both in Camera and Screen) and better software to exploit this minor upgrades are all good things and I’m happy to have them. Wether or not I choose to purchase a new device is my choice and not a requirement.

    I can’t make any sense of the boohooing that follows each release of a new iDevice. If the device meets your requirements today, it will probably still be viable for two years. If new tech arrives in the interim, not Apples fault, and Apple (or any company) has to evaluate their cost, benefit to consumers and future viability. Unless it’s all posturing, ‘my bling can beat up your bling’ and I/we usually don’t take advice from children on large purchases.

    People continually post about how outdated iDevice are, but iDevices test higher in most benchmark test. And yes iDevices have a fair advantage compared to Android devices, it’s not a boughten, intimidated or a fanboy Press (and/or Bloggers). It’s that Apple decided to use a closed operating system and a SDK using a language based off of C++ with direct access to hardware level APIs. The fact that Android uses Java required a faster CPU and more system Ram to handle the OS interrupter. This is very apparent in the look, feel and operation difference between the two OS’s.

    For me the iPhone 5 is on the large side and the iPad is to heavy.

    I’m very happy with 4GS form factor and be over joyed with a new iPhone at the same size, only upgrading the hardware. If the carriers ever get a reasonable data plan with tethering, a smaller phone would work just fine.

    I have been much happier with the iPad mini than I originally though I’d be. I have no issues with screen size or clarity (sure a higher DPI would be nice, but not at expense of battery life or weight. The mistake I see with iPan mini was a lack of system ram, this causes too much lag in Apps as memory is swapped in and out (most noticeable in Browsers when using multiple tabs). If Apple releases a iPad mini with the same processor, GPU and cameras as the iPad 4/5 I’ll jump quickly. If it comes out tomorrow, so what? It was my decision to buy a first release (knowing that Apple has recently shown a tread for a quicker release cycle), I’m sure I’ll be able to recover some of my cost in a resale.

    I prefer a smaller incremental upgrade on a shorter release cycle. If today’s release doesn’t do anything for me, I can buy a previous model at a lower price.

    I guess the point is; Wait until the iPhone 2000 comes out, jump to another manufacture (and then start complaining all over again) and complaining. Or you could do the logical and beneficial thing, provided constructive criticism that is of a positive nature. If you determine the an iDevice needs change, provide information on the deficit and how it effects you, what you/we will gain from a specific upgrade (because phone X has faster processor, more ports or need dolly to carry or not justifiable reasons).

    And for all the grammar-police, I’ve tried to check spelling and grammar, but really if you understand the point I’m making, I really don’t need a ticket or warning.

    • sidenine

      For people with small hands such as yourself, you will forever be happy with Apple devices. Congratulations. For all the people with normal size and larger hands, Apple hasn’t a clue. I own the iPhone 5 and can’t stand fat fingering the thing every time I text because they didn’t increase the width. And, you know they only did that to keep their precious ecosystem and app developers happy, because heaven forbid they need to code apps for more than 3 resolutions. I think Android’s fragmentation of their device sizes is a little out of hand, but Apple clearly is focused only on what they want, not what consumers want. That only works for so long.

      And, you miss the whole point. Your Toyota comparison doesn’t make sense. Cars have all gotten much larger over time in the USA, because that’s really what Americans want. Bigger, faster, better. All the car manufacturers know this, which is why every generation increases the size, even just a little bit. The technology sector is moving at a much more rapid pace, and major innovation occurs every few months, not every few years as in the automobile industry. If every other car manufacturer out there moved to larger sizes to meet demand, there’s only so long the one holdout could keep their smaller size and claim people should buy it because it’s faster than the others (which isn’t always true anyway).

      Mark my words, Apple is dying. Maybe slowly, but dying nonetheless. They have lost their momentum, and it’s truly only gotten worse since Tim took over. Unless they radically do something different soon, they will be an afterthought.

      • mabbent

        Without knowing your age, six years ago every was clambering for smaller phones. If you are replacing your primary computer with only an iPhone, the size might be an issue (along with increased visits to an eye doctor).

        Other than during game play, the readability of the iPhone has never been an issue. Would I spend 6 hours reading web pages on an iPhone, probably not (though starting with 3GS, I spent a lot more time surfing the Internet then I ever thought I would). And today I use an iPad for most of my net surfing and game playing.

        With the ability sync (there could be more improvement and flexibility) the iPhone has become a very smart auxiliary data collection and display device.
        I don’t understand the attempt at ridicule on hand size, but I also don’t remember anyone complaining about the touch screen on pre-iPhone phones being to small. Nor do I recall complaints of this type for the first three generation of the iPhone. Not until other phone manufactures needed to add perceived value to their phone to battle against the iPhone did the complaints about screen size become an issues. I think my hands are on the normal to large size. Why would any company built their mass market device to a small segment. Michael Jordan, Richard Kennedy or Shaquille O’Neal cannot walk into a bike, shoe or clothing store and buy off the rack.

        I never said that larger screens are a bad idea, that for me not so much. I would be favor multiple sized iPhones.

        The comparison to automobiles (not just Toyota) is very applicable. The call for bigger and faster cars/trucks was not from the buying public on a whole. It was mainly a marketing scheme to drive new cars sales. Look at how well early VW’s and Toyota’s (all small cars) and later Honda as Toyota started importing more larger cars. The point of the Automobile comparison was that there are no new major changes EVERY year.

        Wether Apple survives, is not a question that affects me. And sense most of you out there seem to upgrade with every new model, why care, just buy what meets your needs. I will always use the devices that most meet my needs. In a true mobile environment inter-operability is the most important feature, and today and for the near future will hold the top stop. If I spend the time to collect information, I’d like it available at any time on any device that is at hand. I have an Android phone and tablet (mainly used as a resource for training Android users).