This is the second time since the beginning of 2013 whereby rumors about a low cost iPhone have cropped by. Just a few days back there were rumours that apple is going to release a cheaper version of iPhone and the iPhone 5S in summer and that it will carry a price tag of $330 and will be made of polycarbonate material.
Analysts from Detwiler Fenton claim that the cheap iPhone will use a Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm instead of Apple’s A-series chips, mainly due to its ability to integrate Wi-Fi and Bluetooth directly into the main chip, saving production costs.
The low cost iPhone will also feature 3G connectivity instead of LTE, again in an effort to keep prices down, as the China Times article reads [Google translated] “Supply Chain Industry revealed that Apple’s low-cost iPhone uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon single-chip, initially only support 3G without support for 4G LTE single-chip native support for WiFi and Bluetooth wireless networking capability, so do not need to increase the wireless network mode group. Of this chip commissioned TSMC foundry to 28 nm.”
It is also possible that Apple will use technology from the older generation of iPhones in the cheaper version of iPhone. Chances are Apple will use the current A6 chip in the low cost iPhone and the next-generation iPhone 5s will feature the rumoured A7 chip.