Jul 8 2013, 9:36am CDT | by Deidre Richardson
Rumors have circulated for months that Apple intends to produce a budget iPhone, even as far back as Thanksgiving 2012. It was said then by top Apple analysts that the budget iPhone would most likely be priced around $350-$450, but many believed that Apple would wait until 2014.
According to newly-leaked photos, the arrival of the budget iPhone is imminent.
The site Techdy has leaked photos and video of the budget iPhone, showing its polycarbonate plastic shell and slim form factor. The budget iPhone still has the Apple logo on the back and the word iPhone at the bottom, remaining true to all Apple iPhones. The megapixel camera is also in its normal location, on the back top corner. The budget iPhone also features the reversible Lightning connector cable, Apple’s newest adapter to replace the 30-pin adapter to which Apple customers were accustomed for so long.
At this point, there has been no confirmation from Apple that Techdy’s images are anything similar to what the budget iPhone will look like. However, there are some interesting things about the budget iPhone video. First, it seems as if there are two iPhones in the video.
The black iPhone on the right looks a bit square in its appearance, similar to the current iPhone 5. The budget iPhone on the left, however, has rounded corners – which contrasts with the current iPhone model sharply. Of course, this could be a genuine replica of the budget iPhone, but the black iPhone on the right does not appear to be the budget iPhone. It seems to be a comparison of how similar (and different) the budget iPhone will be from the iPhone 5.
The budget iPhone video does not end there, however: Techdy has decided to profit from Apple’s latest budget iPhone design. Techdy has created its own budget iPhone running Google’s Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for sale. The phone has all the outward design of Apple’s rumored budget iPhone, but is packed with top specs for Android smartphones in 2013: a 1.7Ghz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB memory storage, 2MP and 8MP cameras. The display size (4 inches) and the screen resolution match that of the current iPhone 5 (1136 x 640). As Apple’s very own Tim Cook has said before, Apple will not sacrifice quality to create an affordable product.
This is an interesting sell for Techdy, to say the least. It seems that the team responsible for these photos realizes that some individuals love Google’s software but want Apple’s hardware design. This is also an interesting find at this specific time, considering that Google’s two newest smartphones, the HTC One Google Play Edition and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition, will both ship tomorrow (July 9th).
While the Google Play Edition smartphones cost $599 (HTC One GPE) and $650 (GS4 GPE), respectively, and Apple’s budget iPhone will cost around $350-$450, Techdy’s own “GoogliPhone” will cost $199 for the basic phone (Basic Bear), while the HTC version of the GoogliPhone will cost $249 (Bear Pro).
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Are you excited about Apple’s budget iPhone? Have these photos convinced you, or are you still skeptical about the idea? Let us know in the comments below.
Deidre Richardson is a long-time Apple fan and reports passionate about the latest Apple news and rumors.
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