Budget iPhone rumors re-emerge, looks like it may not come to U.S.


As we’ve heard in the past (and noted in this rumor roundup), it looks like a budget iPhone may indeed be on the way. Apple is scheduled to host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, and DigiTimes has caught wind of another rumor about a new low-cost iPhone, by way Apple’s Taiwan supply chain. The model is said to be held together by a cost-effective plastic chassis, and targeted specifically to as-yet-unknown “emerging markets.”

The new model will allegedly sport a 4-inch LTPS display (a speedy LCD screen), and an A6 processor (as seen on iPhone 5). Sources say to expect quarterly shipments of about 2.5-3.0 million units. And as usual, Apple is expected to keep on building the phone with its current Chinese manufacturers, like Foxconn.

With such small shipments, it looks like Apple will be trying to test the market for the new device, but we’re still missing a lot of clarification on where, when, and if the model will arrive. Expect to hear more soon, but if everything stays quiet during May, we can probably expect confirmation or negation of this new iPhone at the WWDC in June.

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