Cheaper iPhone slated for next year?

March 4, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

When the iPhone 5 hit the market, users wanting to upgrade from their iPhone4  were happy as the 4S variant hadn’t been quite the upgrade they’d wanted.

Now comes the news from Apple may come up with a cheaper and heavier iPhone, with plastic casing. This might seem appealing to the people looking for a cheaper alternative. But are there really people waiting for it? If it’s a cheap handset that you want, then why an iPhone?

The market is crowded with cheaper versions.  This news first surfaced on the Japanese website, Macotakara, which reported that a plastic iPhone will roll out in 2014 for $330. According to the website, the cheaper iPhone will be made out of polycarbonate plastic with a 4.5-inch screen.

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The best part part of course is the price tag, which would make it the cheapest iPhone to ever hit the stores. Aside from the cheaper plastic body and lower price tag, Macotakara reports that there aren’t any other noticeable differences over the iPhone 5. It is believed the handset will be available in multiple colors, including black.

As for the iPhone 5S, Macotakara claims the next iteration of the popular phone will include a dual-LED flash to support the rear camera. An improved flash for the 5S has been one of the most persistent rumors circulating, and a dual-LED setup would fit the bill.

Macotakara has a fairly reliable track record when it comes to predicting Apple updates, with only a few misses here and there. While Apple has repeatedly denied that it is working on a cheaper iPhone, there is an endless stream of rumors that suggest otherwise. So, what about the cheaper iPhone? Watch this space!

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