Rumors of a cheaper version iPhone have been doing the rounds since 2009, and we recently reported that this could happen this year. Now there is more evidence that Apple will offer a Verizon and AT&T iPhone 5 for the low-end market. We still have no proof of this, but speculation suggest that it could either be called an iPhone Nano or iPhone 5 Lite.
The main reason why sources believe that this could happen is due to the fact that the iPhone 3GS and the original iPad are still outselling the Android equivalent. Fast Company has been looking at the latest research from analyst Michael Walkley, along with sales of Apple’s older tablet and smartphone models.
When Apple announced that they were to sell their older models at a cheaper rate rivals did not seem too bothered, but now that they have seen the figures they have to think that it was good thinking. The iPhone 5 looks set to be released later this year, but when the new handset comes will Apple opt to shift the iPhone 4 for a cheaper price, or could they decide to bring out a Lite model instead?
However, with the issue that Apple had with the antenna, maybe they might decide to shelve the 4th-generation model? They could opt for the Lite iPhone 5, as they now have both Verizon and AT&T to accommodate; this could lead into a frenzy by the carriers customers into having the option for a cheaper fifth-generation iPhone.
Knowing what Apple could reduce in the new model seems like an easy choice, smaller screen, less RAM, slower processor to name but a few. Remember, this is all speculation, but one that seems to be gaining momentum.
Would you by an iPhone 5 Lite if Apple launched one this year?
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