Budget iPhone: News, rumours, specs, price and release date
Rumours have been growing for that Apple is preparing a cheaper, budget iPhone 5c launch alongside the iPhone 5S later this year. T3 has been looking at the evidence to see what’s what.
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While the iPhone 5S will undoubtedly be Apple’s next flagship upgrade, many believe Cupertino has been quietly developing a cheaper alternative ready for the budget market.
Budget iPhone: Name
Several monikers have been bandied around for Apple’s new handset with the two front-runners being iPhone mini (following the iPad mini trend) and iPhone lite.
However, a recent image leak from Chinese iPhone site WeiPhone appears to show packaging for the new handset labeled iPhone 5c.
It is currently unclear what the ‘c’ stands for. T3’s best guesses is that it could stand for colour or polycarbonate, which the phone’s back is believed to be made of.
Budget iPhone: Specs and design
Although specifications haven’t been much discussed for the budget iPhone, it’s unlikely to be offering the A6X processor currently found in the iPad 4 or the A7 chip rumoured for the iPhone 5S.
Instead, we may see it arriving with the same A6 processor currently found in the iPhone 5 – or possibly even the A5 processor from the iPhone 4S. Even so, we’d expect Apple to stay with the 16, 32 or 64GB storage options, with the likelihood of dropping the 64GB option to save costs.
Budget iPhone: Camera
Speculation has recently shifted from the so called iPhone 5c being a budget iPhone aimed at the bottom end of the market, to it being more of a mid-range device.
A Chinese website has posted pictures of what are claimed to be iPhone 5c components. Among them is what is claimed to be the rear camera for Apple's budget iPhone.
If genuine, then it suggests that the iPhone 5c will come with a eight megapixel camera – the same as the one found in the current iPhone 5. If true, it backs up the claims that the budget iPhone won't be budget at the expense of features.
Budget iPhone: Price
Given that this is meant to be a budget device from Apple, the price is one of the hottest talking points. At the moment, Apple’s budget offering runs to a 16GB iPhone 4S for £449 or an 8GB iPhone 4 for £319.
Budget iPhone: Release date
Most sources seem to agree that the iPhone lite will be revealed at the same time as the iPhone 5S – which is to say, sometime in the autumn, with September and October pegged as likely dates.
According to iPhone rumour site iFun, the actual date for the reveal of the budget iPhone will be September 6, with the product going on sale immediately. The date is a full two weeks earlier than Apple’s iPhone 5 launch last year.