Apple blog 9to5Mac reported Apple would release two iPhones in September. The first will allegedly be a “low-end” handset to compete with cheap smartphones running Google’s Android handset. The second model will be a completely revamped redesigned handset the iPhone 5.
Apple COO Tim Cook said that the company is looking closely at the prepaid market and wants to make the iPhone more accessible, so it’s clear that Apple is thinking about a move like this. He explained that his company doesn’t want its products to be “just for the rich” and that it’s “not ceding any market”.
The site’s Seth Weintraub is quick to point out that Apple already has two models of the iPhone on the market — the 3GS and the iPhone 4 — but writes that he believes the cheaper phone won’t simply be the iPhone 4 with slashed pricetag. The cheaper model, he thinks, could look more like the iPod Touch, which is also expected to get a refresh this fall.
Apple hasn’t confirmed that there will be an iPhone 5 yet, much less that one – or two – will be released in September. However, Apple almost never pre-announces anything and by the time their product launches roll around it’s usually possible to piece together what will be announced based on rumours.
It is supposed that the iPhone 5 will have a faster processor – the same A5 model that is in the iPad 2 – and a better camera, possibly with an 8-megapixel sensor instead of the 5-megapixel one that is in the iPhone 4. Apple is said to be targeting Android and its cheaper smartphones with this mysterious low-end iPhone, which 9to5Mac believes won’t simply be the iPhone 4.
The site claims that Apple could end up crafting a totally new handset to make up the low-end iOS market that could be iPod touch-like in that it may feature a slightly less impressive display (viewing angle-wise) and battery, but also include GPS, a slightly better camera, and a Qualcomm chip for data/voice on the majority of carriers worldwide. [Header photo via Jorge Quinteros/Flickr;via The Telegraph (UK), The Washington Post and Phone Dog]