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Submitted by VirtualKatz 1009d ago | opinion piece

Budget iPhone Confirmed by Foxconn in 2013; Why Entry Level Android’s Are In Trouble

VG Republic Writes: Well the days of Androids being the answer for those that don’t want to pay the premium it takes to get a higher end phone are limited with the confirmation today by ETrade Supply of Foxconn, reported by The Times of India, the manufactures of the current iPhones, that a budget iPhone will hit the market by the end of 2013. The iPhone has a good grip on the market, as it stands right now they own approximately 50% of the cell phone sales in the United States, but as numbers have slightly slipped it isn’t surprising that Apple has been in search of ways to create as close to a monopoly as possible. They did so with the tablet market, as iPads became more common, they found the iPad Mini had a market and were able to capitalize on the lower-end, cheaper model. Apple might not be everyone’s favorite, but there is no doubt that they are one of the more business savvy companies out there today. (Foxconn, iPhone, Phones)

fatstarr  +   1009d ago
i wonder if this will change apples forecast for 2013.
Gondee  +   1009d ago
I really don't like this take on cheaper phones. If its a budget phone, it usually has low end or old hardware. Currently they sell the last gen iphone as the free/reduced price apple phone.

Plus, Iphone is a status symbol in a way, everyone recognizes it, and its generally thought to be the "rich" phone. By adding a cheap ass plastic one, they hurt that reputation, and possibly even ruin it (Especially if it looks similar). For the same reason the GT2 and the GT3 have stickers saying what they are, people like to be seen by expense.
caseh  +   1009d ago
Apple are the only company that don't offer mid-range 'new' phones.

Sony, Samsung and HTC all offer these along with of their flagship mobile phone, as some people don't want to pay top dollar for a phone they won't get full use out of but they still want a new phone.

Offering people a phone that's over x years old as an alternative to the overpriced latest model is a business model that will ultimately sink them so i would say this is a good move.
ABizzel1  +   1009d ago
I have to disagree, especially with the article. The budget phone may very well be real, but what's the purpose of this phone. Apple prices it's previous gen phones at $99 and Free when the new phone launches:

iPhone 5: $199
iPhone 4s: $99
iPhone 4: Free

So what exactly is the phone going to change, beside the impression of people thinking they're getting something new. Most likely it's going to be a combination of the older models hardware, cheaper build materials, possibly smaller / lower resolution screen, but with features from the current model (when they could easily update the older models, but I guess that defeats the purpose of a new sale).

The only thing this does is allow Apple to save a bit more money by making phones that are cheaper to produce, and will do nothing to affect Android, on it's growing market-share.
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caseh  +   1008d ago

'So what exactly is the phone going to change, beside the impression of people thinking they're getting something new.'

Exactly, thats how fickle a lot of Apple owners are and thats all it takes. For many its a fashion accessory rather than a communications device.

The 5 barely changed anything over the 4S other than the hardware it uses (which 99% of Apple product owners know f*ck all about) and a longer screen. It didn't stop the mad rush of people queuing at Apple stores and paying over the odds for their latest product.

Oooo look its shiny and its got an Apple on it, pwoaaaar!
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Gondee  +   1006d ago
@caseh 4s-5 was a large jump in a number of areas. Almost none of the hardware from the 4s made it to the 5, minus the camera. We are well into the incremental upgrade phase of phones in total. Apple does it, Samsung does it, Nokia does it, and HTC does it. You demand a phone that is comparable to another phone, thus there will be no major risks.

this isn't 2007, competition, cost cutting, and profit margin rule the day now. The days of major revelations of how we use our phones is gone.
evil_element  +   1009d ago
I stand firm that this is no more than a rumor.
iSpy  +   1009d ago
End of android era??? Oh Yes..
In2iti0n  +   1009d ago
I don't think this is just a rumor, but I also think that Apple can't properly create a "cheap" iPhone.

It would either be terrible and therefore hurt their standards, or it wouldn't be quite cheap as people expect it to be.
GraveLord  +   1009d ago
The whole point of iPhones and Apple products in general is that they are high-quality, premium products. Everyone wants one. They risk losing that appeal if they bring out these cheap models...
caseh  +   1009d ago
They can still build high-quality premium products. Its not as if the hardware is the best on the market anyway, it was out spec'd by the S3 and that came out months before the iPhone 5.

Lower spec, lower price, same build quality, wider audience, new shiny phone. It will sell better than you think.
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kevnb  +   1009d ago
Sort of, but the iPhone has a better dac, is more durable, better build, and seems to easily beat the American s3 in any benchmark. A lot of it is because the gpu in the iPhone 5 trumps the s3 easily.
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In2iti0n  +   1009d ago
I wonder why so many people think it's all that simple when it comes to specs. They don't determine everything. It's not simply if one has 1Ghz, and then other one has 1.5Ghz, and that's it. There are so many other factors that influence the performance, like the efficiency of the phone OS.
GraveLord  +   1009d ago
Well as long as Samsung can be kept from dominating the industry I'm all for it. Having a Korean company dominating the mobile industry sends chills down my spine.
admiralvic  +   1009d ago
@ Intiti0n

I think it's just the fact that people take simple data and compare them. Like if the new iPhone costs $200 and a $200 dollar Android phone has twice the ram, CPU, storage, gimmicky features (HDMI out, kick stand, Micro SD, S pen, 3D, Dual flash, higher MP cameras, etc), then it's not shocking to think you're getting a lesser product. This is especially true when a the iPhone probably has a lot of R&D costs / premium parts (metal back) that makes it cost more.

Just how it goes. I am sure you could sell someone a 4 ghz dual core processor over a 3 ghz quad core, simply because 4 sounds better.
Dugstar  +   1009d ago
Apple will do okay in the mid range market I think as many people who are not savvy about phones but want a half decent phone will now have a choice instead of just a Android choice.

This whole Apple/iPhone era is a joke and has seen this Generation turn into a bunch of Techno snobs seeing as a iPhone is seen as a fashion accessory rather than a phone for some.

If they Open there APIs up so Developers can do more and sort the App store out then that's half the battle against Android won..

Imo anyway.
kevnb  +   1009d ago
The ipad mini isn't really about being cheaper, it's that it's just the perfect size for many people. Many folks have both a full size ipad and an ipad mini and use the mini more often. Don't know why I care, but had to get it off my chest lol.
CraigandDayDay  +   1008d ago
Yah. Me and my fiancée bought a Mini because the size fits us better. She enjoys the size better than a regular ipad. Even tho the specs are lower, we still have no problems using it and I find myself using it more and more over my MacBook Pro.

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