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  • New Report Claims Cheaper iPhone to Lack Retina Display

    Apple's cheaper iPhone could revert to a plastic casing like the iPhone 3G and 3GS of yesteryear.

    Apple’s much rumored lower-cost iPhone could lack a Retina Display as one of the cost-cutting measures according to a new report by RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani.

    Daryanani’s report comes in direct contrast to reports from the traditionally reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has claimed numerous times the new cheaper iPhone will retain the same 326ppi resolution as other Retina Displays.

    Daryanani’s supply chain checks further place the release of such a device in June or July alongside the rumored iPhone 5S.

    "Our supply-chain checks indicate that AAPL is working to launch multiple new phones in the June/July time-frame this year. Specifically, AAPL will launch the iPhone 5s and a more affordable but lower-end iPhone at the same time, in either late CYQ2 or early Q3. The low-end iPhone will have the same 4" form factor as the iPhone 5 but will have plastic casing and no retina display. With a lower price-point, AAPL will be able to target a growing and important part of the Smartphone market (sub-$400 price-band)." -- Amit Daryanani
    The inclination that Apple would release a cheaper, possibly plastic-cased, version of their iPhone is not far-fetched. However, the idea that they would release an iPhone with a lower resolution display after announcing to developers that all apps submitted to the App store must support both Retina Displays on the iPhone 4, and larger iPhone 5 as of May first seems counter-intuitive.

    A lower-cost iPhone is likely on the way, but when and in what form is still up in the air. And for those pointing to iPhone 4s available for free with a two-year contract should understand Apple is gearing the cheaper iPhone toward markets where carrier subsidies are uncommon or non-existent.

    Sources: Macrumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New Report Claims Cheaper iPhone to Lack Retina Display started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      Quote Originally Posted by cpotoso View Post
      \open{rant}
      I am surprised (well, not really) how much people are completely clueless. There is no (and never will be) a $0.99 iPhone. You are paying for it by paying a lot more with your 2 year contract. Get it? Get it? Get it? Hello? Anybody in there (knocking on someone's skull to see if there is a brain inside). A $100 priced (real price, not fake for dumb) iphone would sell well. As for retina: probably > 75% of the people can't tell the difference (I can't at normal distance, my eyesight at 45 is not as good as at 20).
      \close{rant}
      True. Might as well pay full retail ($650) for phones. It will save you big in the long run.
    1. evoRC's Avatar
      evoRC -
      Nonsense
    1. TimInMass's Avatar
      TimInMass -
      Obvious fake, look at the connector, do you think Apple would go back to that type of connector?
    1. Mohit555's Avatar
      Mohit555 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cpotoso View Post
      \open{rant}
      I am surprised (well, not really) how much people are completely clueless. There is no (and never will be) a $0.99 iPhone. You are paying for it by paying a lot more with your 2 year contract. Get it? Get it? Get it? Hello? Anybody in there (knocking on someone's skull to see if there is a brain inside). A $100 priced (real price, not fake for dumb) iphone would sell well. As for retina: probably > 75% of the people can't tell the difference (I can't at normal distance, my eyesight at 45 is not as good as at 20).
      \close{rant}
      No man..i agree with you on the fact that subsidized iphones actually cost more.
      But the difference between the retina and older iphone displays is vast. I can tell the difference from a meter's distance, much like the majority..

      Quote Originally Posted by TimInMass View Post
      Obvious fake, look at the connector, do you think Apple would go back to that type of connector?
      Hahaha.. Its the photo of the 3gs.. The phone being compared to the cheap iphone (if it gets made, which i highly doubt).
      Apple has been taking huge initiative to capture lower end markets, like those in india. But the approach is different. They're just not into making cheap things.
    1. cpotoso's Avatar
      cpotoso -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mohit555 View Post
      No man..i agree with you on the fact that subsidized iphones actually cost more.
      But the difference between the retina and older iphone displays is vast. I can tell the difference from a meter's distance, much like the majority..

      Good for you! I envy your superior eyesight
    1. MMX007's Avatar
      MMX007 -
      Apple already has cheaper iPhones for sale! If one want a cheaper phone then will get a phone!🛀
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MMX007 View Post
      Apple already has cheaper iPhones for sale! If one want a cheaper phone then will get a phone!🛀
      Can you please provide a link?
    1. MMX007's Avatar
      MMX007 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      Can you please provide a link?
      Apple - iPhone - iPhone 4S Technical Specifications

      Apple - iPhone - iPhone 4 Technical Specifications


    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by Alexthesniper21 View Post
      It's fake, apple just released a policy of apps to be updates for I5 devices to support its retina display. I highly doubt apple wants to screw over their customers
      Are you an idiot? Forcing them to support retina ans i5 resolutions means "no more low DPI apps and no more gaps above the status bar and below app's display area." It does not mean "doesn't work on non-retina devices." Apple was tired of lazy devs continuing to submit apps that make their newer devices look bad. It's as simple as that. These apps don't "screw over" their customers with non-retina devices because it has nothing to do with excluding them. Got it?

      Quote Originally Posted by chiraagnt View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by Alexthesniper21 View Post
      It's fake, apple just released a policy of apps to be updates for I5 devices to support its retina display. I highly doubt apple wants to screw over their customers
      Damn good point lol!! True true. You sir are a genius!
      Sarcasm or somone who actually just called an idiot a genius for saying something idiotic?

      Quote Originally Posted by MgNate View Post
      Apple already had a cheaper iphone. It's called the iPhone 4 and it's free!
      RTFA
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      iPhone 4S is $549 + tax and iPhone 4 is $450 + tax. That might be cheap for u not for me.

      Quote Originally Posted by MgNate View Post
      Apple already had a cheaper iphone. It's called the iPhone 4 and it's free!
      Maybe it's free in your country. On Apple.com and in USA, iPhone 4 costs $450 + tax.

      Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
      The upcoming cheaper iPhone will be the iPhone 5 when the 5s is released.
      You wish. iPhone 5 will still sell for $500+ when the next iPhone is released.
    1. peacedog's Avatar
      peacedog -
      Quote Originally Posted by Albut View Post
      They need somehow to cut the price otherwise they will loose out to better phones like the Samsun.
      Wikipedia:
      In Q4 2012, the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S were the best-selling handsets with sales of 27.4 million (13 percent of smartphones worldwide) and 17.4 million units, respectively, with the Samsung Galaxy SIII in third with 15.4 million.

      They sold 45 million iPhone 5 & 4S in three months. There is no incentive for them to cut their prices.

      People who want a Samsung will buy a Samsung, whether the iPhone 5 is $199 or $0.99.
    1. avatar20's Avatar
      avatar20 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      iPhone 4S is $549 + tax and iPhone 4 is $450 + tax. That might be cheap for u not for me.



      Maybe it's free in your country. On Apple.com and in USA, iPhone 4 costs $450 + tax.



      You wish. iPhone 5 will still sell for $500+ when the next iPhone is released.
      True without contract. For the unlocked iPhones.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by avatar20 View Post
      True without contract. For the unlocked iPhones.
      RTFA, genius.