Last year, electronics supply company ETrade Supply lucked out and was one of the first companies to obtain parts of the iPhone 5S before release: first the FaceTime cam, then the front panel and then the back panel.
Whatever ETrade Supply’s sources, then, they clearly have a solid connection inside Foxconn. And now that source is telling them that the ‘budget’ iPhone is a very real product.
Sadly, there’s not much more to go on: a leaked part or something would be helpful here to prove veracity. Still, given ETrade’s history, their claim that they have heard an “on the wind confirmation” that Apple will be releasing lower end models this year.
We already have a pretty good idea of what Apple’s “budget” iPhone will look like: a plastic affair that looks like an iPhone 5 in front, and an iPod touch in the back. We also know that it would be a good move for Apple to release one, since recently, J.P. Morgan said that a lower-cost iPhone would effectively kill Samsung’s Galaxy business in the United States.
The biggest question about the ‘budget’ iPhone is really whether it will be a budget device, or a mid-range device. There’s good reason to think that the so called ‘budget’ iPhone will be priced closer to the iPad mini than an iPod nano, but only time will tell.
But where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire, and there’s getting to be too much smoke and too many people shouting “Budget iPhone!” as they rush around the theater right now to ignore. The iPhone is about to become a family of devices at different price points. It’s just a matter of time.