An Australian woman who isn’t named, probably in order to save herself from embarrassment, placed an ad online saying she would like to buy a pair of iPhones. Sounds perfectly normal, right? Someone replied, the two parties agreed to meet in a public place, money changed hands, and then the shit hit the fan.
The low-cost iPhone, potentially dubbed the “iPhone 5C,” is now rumored to sport an 8-megapixel camera akin to that of the iPhone 5. The report comes from Chinese site IT168 and is coupled with a photo of the sensor embedded above.
According to Chinese website, iFeng.com (via MacRumors), Apple’s CEO Tim Cook visited China recently.
The report speculates that Cook may have visited the country to discuss the decline in year-on-year revenue in the last quarter. Apple had reported a surprise drop of 14% in revenue in China.
The “budget” iPhone. The “cheap” iPhone. The “iPhone 5C”. Whatever you want to call it, we all know that Apple is going to launch an affordable version of their highly popular mobile phone this year. What we don’t know is when, what the specs are, and how much it’s going to cost. Thanks to a listing on Amazon, however, we might have a better idea as to when the 5C will actually be released.
China Labor Watch, a New York based non-profit, recently published a first-hand report about working conditions at Pegatron, who is one of Apple’s suppliers. The report highlights safety and environmental violations, along with instances of worker pay being withheld, but it also confirms Apple’s cheaper plastic iPhone.
Apple has been widely rumored to launch a low-cost or budget iPhone with a plastic rear shell alongside iPhone 5S.
We’ve already seen several photos and videos of rear shell of the plastic iPhone, and what appeared to be a fully-assembled plastic iPhone.
MacRumors (via iPhone5Skopen) point us to a photo posted on Chinese microblogging site Weibo, which appears to show the rear of fully assembled low-cost iPhone, which has been dubbed iPhone Lite.
Analyst firms are a dime a dozen, but there are some that you can’t ignore: Gartner, Strategy Analytics, and IDC. That last bunch of bean counters, they just published their findings on the Q2 2013 smartphone market. And the results, if you’re an Apple fan, aren’t pretty. This time last year, Apple controlled 16.6% of the market. Today, that’s fallen to 13.1%. Now yes, iPhone sales are up 20% compared to Q2 2012, but the smartphone market grew by 52.3% during the same time.