Apple Considering Making a 'Cheaper iPhone'
Apple may release a cheaper iPhone later this year. The company is considering making the product with a polycarbonate plastic case, which would be cheaper to create than the glass 4 and 4S models, or the aluminum 5 version. It would also feature a similar handset, but with a less expensive body. Though they may opt out of the release altogether, it is still believed a cheaper iPhone (or an "iPhone mini") is needed to compete with the more budget-friendly smartphones currently running on Google's Android operating system, and particularly Samsung devices. "Samsung plays in more segments and this should enable it to capture more volume than Apple (assuming Apple does not launch an 'iPhone Mini' this year)," Neil Mawston, executive director of Strategy Analytics, said. (Wall Street Journal)