WSJ Says iPhone 5S and ‘Budget’ iPhone Set for Mid-2013 Launch

Posted on April 3, 2013 by


The Wall Street Journal claims that Apple will begin production of its next iPhone during the current quarter, and that the device could launch as early as this summer. The report also says Apple will be launching a less expensive version of the iPhone, which will also launch this year.

I wouldn’t put much trust in this report, considering the fact that The Wall Street Journal is often wrong on Apple rumors. Plus, the rumor of a less expensive iPhone doesn’t even make sense. You can already get the iPhone 4 for free with a two year contract, and most likely the iPhone 4S will become free when the iPhone 5S comes out.

From WSJ:

Apple Inc. plans to begin production of a refreshed iPhone similar in size and shape to its current one in the second quarter of the year, according to people familiar with the device’s production, teeing up a possible summer launch for the next version of its flagship device.

At the same time, Apple continues to work with its manufacturing partners in Asia on a less expensive iPhone that could be launched as soon as the second half of this year, these people said. The four-inch device will likely use a different casing from the higher-end iPhone. Apple has been working on different color shells for the phone but its plans remain unclear.

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