Analyst: budget iPhone won’t have Retina display

By , Mar 22, 2013

Budget iPhone (Martin Hajek 002)

Apple’s rumored less-expensive iPhone aimed at emerging markets won’t just shave costs by having a polycarbonate body instead of Unibody aluminum design, it is bound to have a standard-resolution screen rather than Apple’s Retina display, like other iDevices. That’s at least what one analyst wrote in a note to clients Friday, based on the often unreliable supply chain checks.

He’s also calling for a June or July launch for both the budget iPhone and the iPhone 5S (a specs upgrade to the iPhone 5), which is the time frame that was mentioned previously in a few other recent reports…

A note by RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani (via AppleInsider) reads:

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 iPhone5s 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 iPhone5 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).

Other analysts are not so sure about a non-Retina budget iPhone.

Budget iPhone (Martin Hajek 001)

For example, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo – who has a decent track record reporting on Apple – recently said that the rumored device will incorporate the same four-inch Retina display as Apple’s existing iPhone 5.

According to Kuo, the specs for the device were apparently decided on back in 2011 and include a Retina display, a “super-thin plastic casing mixed with glass fiber” and a bunch of colors, a first for the iPhone.

And in another report issued to clients, Kuo wrote he expected both the iPhone 5S and a low-cost model to support FDD networking and launch in July alongside iOS 7.

“The new iPhones this year are mainly designed on the basis of the current iPhone 5, which suggests development time could be reduced,” he said.

Gee, summer can’t come soon enough!

Budget iPhone renderings by 3D artist Martin Hajek.

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  • http://twitter.com/FlyKitezDaily Luigi

    well you just had a story about apple not accepting anymore non retina app store apps so i think this is bs to be honest!

    • http://twitter.com/raymaninho ulquiorra schiffer

      Irrelevant, it just means that from now on apps are gonna have to support the retina display but it doesn’t mean they won’t have support for older displays such as the 3GS, tons of apps already have retina compatibility, and alongside that, a standard display support, a simple example for that; you don’t actually download the same app twice for an iPhone 4 and a 3GS, it’s the same app.

    • iHamzaDev

      What ulquiorra schiffer stated. Apple is now REQUIRING developers to support the iPhone 5 resolution and all together Retina resolution. There must be quite a few developers that have not updated their apps, and Apple has given ample amount of time to developers to update their apps.

    • http://twitter.com/Jack_maredit Jackson Grong

      A retina iPad 3/4 app works with the iPad 1-2.
      Even if the graphics are only retina, it supports older devices!
      Same for the iPhone.

  • RarestName

    Won’t that introduce a new resolution?

    • http://www.facebook.com/kiefferbp Brian Kieffer

      Not if they use the 3GS resolution.

      • Kurt

        3GS is 3.5 inches not 4

      • http://www.facebook.com/kiefferbp Brian Kieffer

        It doesn’t have to be 4 inches; it could be a 3.5-inch device like the iPhone <=4S.

    • Kurt

      fragmentation, plastic…ahh the irony

      • http://twitter.com/cptskullfck Jason

        figuring it’s speculation, I would take it with a grain of salt. They’ve been saying there’s an iphone ‘nano’ coming since the iphone first launched.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.ansari.5 Mark Ansari

    I don’t agree.

  • http://twitter.com/sharbeen Sharbeen

    Apple. just continue following steves trend. dont get iphone low cost here! don’t! even if you are dont make non retina.

    • Kurt

      If you don’t want it, don’t buy it. So if you don’t buy it, then why are you so passionately against it? Why deny poorer folk from enjoying a device they may want to have? iPhone isn’t a unique device in any way. What would it matter if more people had it.

      • http://twitter.com/sharbeen Sharbeen

        Sorry Kurt. I didn mean that way. Just that apple is known of making high end devices. The whole thing doesn’t sound applish. I didn mean not everyone should have it. Infact in my place UAE it’s very common. Really sorry if you took it that way I did not mean it that. In fact I’ve met taxi drivers owning iPhone. Thanks for understanding.

      • http://twitter.com/sharbeen Sharbeen

        That’s why I also mentioned even if they are atleast don’t remove the retina. It can actually put down apple brand name. (Just my opinion I might be wrong)

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    bullshit

  • http://twitter.com/zackismetal Zack Fulmer

    It will probably be an improved version of the 3GS… or they could just re-sell the 3GS. Haha

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      OMG

    • iospixel

      This. Think PSX to PS one.

      Although it would make sense to just rehouse the iPhone 4 architecture in cheaper housing.

  • http://twitter.com/rud0lf77 rud0lf77

    If there will be a budget iPhone (I hope there won’t be though) then it will definitely come with an Retina Display, not because of what Luigi has written, but because it would be the only device without a Retina Display, over the Years Apple has given more devices a Retina Display, started with the iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4, to the iPad 3 and Retina MacBooks, now there’s the iPad mini and Apple sees the high demand for a Retina Display and the high competition, Google’s Nexus 10 for example has a much higher resolution than the iPad and some cheap 200$ Tablet has the same Resolution as the iPad, Apple wouldn’t want to be a company with a display worse than the displays of other budget devices.

    • Devam

      Itouch 4 and ipad mini is non Retina!

      • Guest

        iTouch 4 is Retina you idiot. iPad mini is going to get it, dear god, how retarded are you?

      • http://www.facebook.com/kiefferbp Brian Kieffer

        Even though he is wrong about the iPT 4G not having a Retina display, he does have a point. Apple switched back to a non-Retina display with the Mini, with costs being one of the reasons. Why couldn’t do the same with the iPhone?

      • Devam

        Sorry my mistake. I thought that iTouch 4 was non retina display but look at the ipad mini!i

  • Kevin

    BS, you can already get an iphone 4 for free w/ retina support… why would Apple reverse this model and make an iphone 5 that has the resolution of a 3gs? The screen is not the major cost in developing a phone.. the processor and casing is.
    The only conclusion that would make sense from an Apple standpoint is an Iphone 5 with an iphone 4/4s chip as a cheaper model.

    • pumperknickel

      This guy is the only one who knows what hes talking about!

    • http://www.facebook.com/craigchristopher777 Craig Christopher

      I second that. There is no way Apple would go back to the 3GS model. They have been scrapped and out the door. The chip will definitely have a newer model in it. That would be like putting the iPad 1’s chip into the iPad mini. It would literally make no sense with the iOS 6 (and soon to be iOS7). Have you actually used an iPhone 3GS with an upgraded iOS? It sucks. Worthless! I cannot wait for both of the models to come out, but the new renderings that came out are amazing. The price also looks very attractive for the budget since I have two upgrades and my wife would not want me to spend $200 on both phones. I also heard they were going to release the iPhone 5S for only $149 on contract. Has anyone else heard about this? That would then drop the iPhone 5 to only $50. I highly doubt that Apple will do this, but times are tough! Can’t wait until June, July, August or September (whenever Apple decides to surprise us!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    Okay fine is its gonna be a crappy non retina device in 2013 it needs to cost no more than $100 FACT

    • http://www.facebook.com/craigchristopher777 Craig Christopher

      Maybe $100 on contract, but closer to $329-$400 off contract…

  • iDon’tWantToShareMyDetails

    Do people actually bother to understand that Retina means nothing in terms of technical standards? We have resolution, ppi, viewing angles, color reproduction, response time, display matrix etc. Both i4 and i5 are called Retina displays but compare them both and you’ll see a noticeable difference.

    So please stop using Retina as some sort of characteristic. Its just a marketing tool, nothing more.

    • Kurt

      +1…plus with your naked eye you can see pixels on an iphone 4/iphone 4s/iphone 5. Not exactly easy, but you can if you try. So Apple saying you can’t see pixels even at 1 inch is bs

      • http://www.facebook.com/kiefferbp Brian Kieffer

        They never said that you couldn’t see them an inch away.

      • Fahad Mahmood

        “At a normal viewing distance”. You can only see the pixels when you’re being Mr. Inspector, glaring at the phone at an unnatural distance, trying to prove Apple wrong.

      • Kurt

        Look at the clock. Perhaps my eyes are better than yours

  • http://www.facebook.com/WillJohnson1994 William Johnson

    Sorry to be off topic here:
    What is the background used on the red iPhone? Thanks.