It has been only five months since the launch of the iPhone 5 and there
are already a lot of rumours going around the new iPhone. Some feel that
this new device will be dubbed as the iPhone 5S while others claim
iPhone 6 could be the likely name.
However, a recent report by Apple
Insider via Japanese blog Macotakara claims that Apple is currently
working on two different iPhone models. One of these will be a successor
to the iPhone 5 with a 4.5-inch screen and the other a cheaper
smartphone model sporting a polycarbonate body.
The material used for the polycarbonate iPhone is touted to be similar to the one on Apple's discontinued 13-inch MacBook.
The Apple Insider via the Japanese blog is mentioning that Apple seems
to have delayed their plans to launch iPhone 5's successor. This
smartphone will now be launched sometime in 2014, while the more
affordable one is likely to be launched soon. Macotakara mentions that
Apple seeks to achieve a retail price of $330 for the cheaper model,
which is significantly lower than the $650 price that an unlocked iPhone
5 carries. A likely improvement in the iPhone 5 successor could be a
There have also been murmurs regarding a cheaper
version of the iPhone being in the making in the past. However Apple has
denied these rumours.
Earlier in the month, a Chinese
website has posted what it claims are pictures of Apple iPhone 5S being
manufactured at Foxconn's facility in China. As per these pictures, the
new iPhone looks akin to the recently launched iPhone 5. However, one
cannot be certain if these pictures are real or not.
Even in the past there have been rumours that suggested that Apple is working on multiple devices with varied screen sizes.
In January, Brian White, an analyst from Topeka Capital Markets, had
also indicated that Apple may launch iPhone with varied screen sizes.
According to him with the help of this move, the company will be able to
have a greater reach. He specifically mentions a smaller iPhone version
that could allow Apple to target markets like China and open up
opportunities in India.
There are also murmurs in regards
to Apple looking at launching multiple colours for the next model of
the iPhone. Apple has introduced the 5th generation iPod touch devices
in a range of new colours along with the traditional white colour and it
some expect that iPhone and even the new iPad devices may follow suit.