Rumor: Foxconn has started shipping budget iPhone for Fall release

By , Jul 1, 2013

Budget iPhone concept (iOS 7, Martin Hajek 001)

Leaks and sketchy pieces of information concerning Apple’s rumored less expensive iPhone continue to trickle in. This past Saturday, for example, a credible blog has brought us images of a purported budget iPhone rear panel, a solid indication that Apple might be well beyond the research phase for the alleged product.

Today, a Chinese tech blog writes that Apple’s favorite manufacturer Foxconn has started shipping first units as Apple shoots for a Fall release…

The Chinese tech blog Lieyunwang apparently heard from an inside source close to Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn, that the manufacturer had started to ship entry-level iPhones, which are expected to hit markets this autumn.

The claim corroborates The Wall Street Journal which in April said Apple was aligning its supply chain in Asia amid preparations to launch the device in the second half of this year.

“The 4-inch device will likely use a different casing from the higher-end iPhone,” the Jounal wrote. “Apple has been working on different color shells for the phone but its plans remain unclear”.

The Lieyunwang report goes on to mention that the device is provided in several colors. In terms of pricing, it is said to be somewhere in the unlocked iPhone 4 territory, which debunks Reuters’s $99 iPhone claim.

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Images of the alleged less-pricey iPhone shell, via NowhereElse.fr.

The iPhone 4 is the least expensive iPhone in Apple’s lineup, costing $450 unlocked and off-contract. If the budget iPhone is “similar in price” to the iPhone 4, as the report has it, than it may not be cheap as previously thought.

One analyst recently acknowledges as much, warning that the budget iPhone is really conceived as a mid-tier device that could cost up to $350. Interestingly enough, Pegatron CEO T.H. Tung uncharacteristically said at the company’s shareholder meeting that the budget iPhone won’t be exactly cheap.

Note that it is entirely possible that the budget iPhone is actually a reworked iPhone 4S with a taller screen and encased in the colorized iPhone 5 shell.

Today’s report also aligns nicely with a recent story by the accurate Japanese blog Macotakara which claims that “intensive delivery” of budget iPhone parts is underway as Apple targets August availability.

The same blog also reported that the device will borrow a range of colors from Apple’s iPhone bumpers, such as as black, white, pink, orange and blue.

If the Wall Street Journal is to be trusted, Foxconn rival Pegatron will assemble the rumored device. As the contract manufacturer recently hired an additional 40,000 workers, there could be some fire to go along this smoke.

Mockup top of post via Martin Hajek.

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  • Dillon Sharer

    Watch it be like the new ipod… no cam

    • Boss

      It will have a cam probably just a 5 mega pix

  • Ricky

    That is one ugly phone

    • Yash Gorana

      because it’s plastic.

  • inf3rn0

    If Apple ships that…they won’t ship that. :D But honestly, I can’t imagine anyone buying an iPhone in that plastic neon color casing. Isn’t that what separates us from Samsung? Haha jokes jokes.

    • HellrideR

      iPhone is iPhone… Samsung is shit.
      That’s what separates us from Samsung!

      • Rockwell mellow

        What’s the difference between a Samsung and a bucket of shit? The bucket

      • Liam Mulcahy

        amen

      • Frozen Bee .GFKS

        haha, made my day!

      • noemanciax

        you are idi0t, samsung has better features than the ishit 5, with 8MGPIXELS, 326 PPI, 1.2 GHZ DUAL-CORE, the galaxy s4 is 3 times faster the the iphone, with 1.9 GHz quad-core, 13 MG pixels camera, AND 441PPI RESOLUTION, IF YOU DONT SEE THIS, YOU ARE AN IFANBOY

      • HellrideR

        I saw your comment, Am I an Apple fanboy?

      • inf3rn0

        Phones aren’t all about specs…it’s about real world usage, and how well the software is integrated with the hardware. iOS was built specifically for the iPhone, and it runs perfectly smooth without the need of a ridiculous quad-core processor.

      • noemanciax

        why you pay 850$ for a phone that doesnt even hava flash player!! dont think like an apple fanboy, only for the apple logo you are willing to pay with your own life..

      • inf3rn0

        I don’t know about you, but I don’t want that buggy crap on my phone. Flash is on macs and pcs, where it belongs.

      • Yash Gorana

        ah ! the butthurt is strong within this one.

        1.9 GHz quad-core, 13 MG pixels camera, AND 441PPI RESOLUTION

        YET IT LAGS LIKE SHIT!

    • Kaptivator

      If its significantly cheaper, I would love it for my daughter. Also the colors appeal to children (and adults, but thats something different altogether). I wouldn’t feel bad if it gets lost, broken or whatever else tweens do with phones to where they magically break and or disappear. I just can’t fathom an 11 year old with a 600.00 buck phone, even if its my hand me down. So maybe you can’t imagine buying a plastic iPhone for yourself (neither me), however some parents wouldn’t mind purchasing one for a child if the price is right. I think that the budget iPhone is a good idea. Personally, I’ll be sticking with the non budget model.

    • Gorgonphone

      apple sheep will buy anything with an apple logo on it

  • Matthew

    That isn’t what iOS 7 looks like!

    • Gorgonphone

      yeah that actually looks better that IOS 7 hahah

      • Matthew

        It looks way worse. I think iOS 7 looks really good.

  • Rockwell mellow

    I highly doubt apple will even come close to matching googles nexus 4 for price, specs and features

    • http://klikkit.co.uk/ Jake – Klikkit

      no shit… the current iPhone doesn’t even come close to matching the Nexus 4 for specs

      • Rockwell mellow

        Well the ip5 does minutely (2 more i think) higher PPI screen and slightly faster GPU but yeah nexus 4 crushes iPhone 5

      • Frozen Bee .GFKS

        lol

      • Gorgonphone

        lolo… at folks talking about what crappy android phone “crushes” the iPhone 5.. hat fact is the iPhone 5 crushes the entire smart phone industry…haahha

      • Rockwell mellow

        On paper the specs of the nexus 4 easily out class the iPhone 5 although in actual use both are extremely smooth.

      • Gorgonphone

        it does not need to cause it still has better build quality and out performs it and is more desirable..

      • http://klikkit.co.uk/ Jake – Klikkit

        oh I know that, I was just saying, the Nexus is probably the only Droid I’d buy other than the Nexus Galaxy S4

  • Beck Hoefling

    It’s not like apple to lower our expectations by releasing cheaper products

  • Gus Me

    After the iPad mini and its specs and price, I’m not surprised at all that the “budget” iPhone isn’t actually going to be “cheap”. Why lower prices, when they know people will buy it anyways…

    • Gorgonphone

      exactly…

  • Gorgonphone

    those cheap fruity colors are ugly as hell and will go very very well with they new IOS7

  • Dr. Joseph S. Curcio

    No “FaceTime” and I suspect
    Limited features but will meet the needs of many.