Apple Rumored to Drop iPhone 5 in favor of iPhone 5S and iPhone Lite
In what would go against Apple’s iPhone debut schedule, the Cupertino California company is rumored to be discontinuing production of the iPhone 5 when it debuts the handset’s successor later this year. Apple is instead rumored towards producing the “iPhone 5S” and an unannounced lower-priced counterpart.
The latest rumor regarding the demise of the iPhone 5 comes courtesy of ET News
. For obvious reasons, the rumor would mark a significant departure from Apple’s routine, as the company typically keeps the last two generations of its bestselling smartphone in production in order to market them to lower-income earners and markets.
The system has led to the situation Apple is currently in, which sees the iPhone 5 as the high-end, followed by the iPhone 4S at a medium price tag, and the iPhone 4 often as a giveaway alongside a contract in the United States and some other territories. What makes the rumor a bit harder to believe is the fact that Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, recently said that the iPhone 5 was the company’s most popular iPhone “by far.”
The report from ET News
focuses on the in-cell technology at work in the iPhone 5’s touchscreen, claiming that the technology is “not suitable for low-volume production.” According to the report, Apple will abandon production of the iPhone 5 and instead focus on the high-end successor, which is generally assumed to be dubbed the iPhone 5S and a rumored less-expensive, plastic model dubbed the “iPhone lite.”
Observers noted that leaks believed to show the iPhone 5S have all portrayed the device as having a display and touch array very similar to that of the iPhone 5. Furthermore, the production is believed to have already started on the current iPhone successor with many believing it will see release in September of this year.
Source: ET News