Apple iPhone 5 release to see iPhone 4S land as Apple's budget smartphone offering?
Ahead of the iPhone 5 release date new reports have suggested the next-generation smartphone is to be joined by a cheaper iPhone 4 arrival as Apple looks to make headway into the mid-range smartphone market.
Continuing rumours of a mooted iPhone 4S device, Apple is said to be preparing the second device in an attempt to quash Google’s dominance of the mid-range smartphone market through its Android operating system.
"A lower-priced version of iPhone 4 seems to be a necessary evil at this point in the iPhone adoption cycle, especially in emerging markets where the average income of individuals is much lower," said Channing Smith, co-manager of the Capital Advisors Growth Fund, which owns Apple shares.
Whilst latest iPhone 5 rumours have put the device as sporting an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p Full HD video recording capabilities and a 1GHz dual-core processor, iPhone 4S speculation has seen the budget iPhone tipped as boasting the same form factor as the current iPhone 4 but with just 8GB of internal storage and a lower quality display.
With the iPHone 5 launch widely expected for sometime in September The Guardian has today reported that Apple will “release a cheaper iPhone 4 within weeks, cutting profit margins to win lower-end customers from rivals such as Nokia in China and other emerging markets.”
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