For years, people have considered Apple to be the cream of the crop, with a price point that matches. In recent years, the entry-level new iPhone model would start at $200, and that was only if the person signed a new two-year contract. As Apple grows, is 2013 finally the year they provide a more economical option for the masses?
While the majority of people who currently own iPhones are in markets that offer subsidized iPhones, there are still many countries where Apple has little to no presence. Many of these countries are currently developing, meaning that the average consumer can’t afford top of the line Apple products. With less competition on those markets, a stripped down iPhone model actually makes sense because it will still be ahead of the other options already yon the market.
According to reports, the inexpensive iPhone would be made of cheaper material yet would be larger in size. The components used for the screen, GPU, speakers and more will all undoubtedly be at least a step below the standard the iPhone 5 has set.
Despite the ability to get the iPhone 4 for free through many retailers in the United States, the United Kingdom and other developed countries, the catch is a person is also married to a $75/month plan or more for two years. Throughout the course of the contract, the individual is still paying for the iPhone they are using.
This new iPhone would almost certainly be available without a contract, but the biggest question will be if it even sees the light of day in countries that already have a strong Apple following. To avoid the risk of saturating the market, Apple will more than likely keep the cheaper, stripped down models away from the majority of people reading this article. Still, it is nice to see that Apple is looking at things on a global scale and trying to fit into the ecosystem of each individual company instead of being priced for the most affluent.