Apple to Launch Cheaper 8GB iPhone 4 Alongside iPhone 5 Next Month

Apple to Launch Cheaper 8GB iPhone 4 Alongside iPhone 5 Next Month

Further information surrounding that rumored ‘budget iPhone’ continues to surface as we approach the launch of the fifth-generation device, and according to two sources for Reuters, it could be in the form of a cheaper 8GB iPhone 4. Surely that gets your mouth watering?

Despite being over 12 months old now, Apple’s iPhone 4 is by no means an underachiever. It packs the impressive A4 processor, a decent 5-megapixel camera capable of shooting video at 720p, and Apple’s awesome Retina display. The opportunity to grab one at a reduced rate would surely appeal to those on a budget.

Reuters cites “two people with knowledge of the matter,” who say an 8GB iPhone 4 is in production:

The flash drive for the 8GB iPhone 4 is being manufactured by a Korean company, one of the people said on Tuesday, declining to name the company. Apple currently sources its flash drives from Japan’s Toshiba and South Korea’s Samsung Electronics.

The report also mentions that iPhone 5 that we’re all desperate to see now, however, it might not be what we all want to hear. The device is said to launch at the end of September with a larger display, an 8-megapixel camera, and a better antenna, but Reuters revives rumors that the device will look identical to the iPhone 4.

MacRumors notes that the cheaper iPhone 4 may have something to do with those leaked components originally believed to be destined for the iPhone 5:

This news comes at an interesting time, as we’ve been hearing more from suppliers and seeing leaked parts appear on the web. In addition to the battery prototype photo, UK repair shop iPatchiPods had also told us that their suppliers had also relayed that there would be two such models: a less expensive iPhone 4, as well as the expected iPhone 5. Due to the simultaneous development, there could be some confusion with regard to parts appearing on the net.

Though these parts were claimed to be for the iPhone 5, they weren’t too different to those currently featured in the iPhone 4, and could be headed to the cheaper iPhone instead. The camera lens, though slightly different to that of the iPhone 4, was found to be just a 5-megapixel lens and is unlikely to feature in the next-generation device.

  • NatalieCoolman

    ./I just paíd $20.82 for an íPad 2.64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasoníc Lumíx GF 1 Cámera that we got for $38.79 there arriving tomorrow by UP S.I will never pay such expensive retail príces in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LCD T V to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, bit.ly/BidShop

  • Biotechnology2020

    Seriously, can you block spam…and how much will this cost

  • teknewsworld

    The only thing I am disappointed about, is the design of the iPhone 5. Apple shouldn’t leave the design the same as some people only care about the looks of their phone and  might as well buy the iPhone 4 if the design is the same.

  • lsl73
  • freediverx

    Honestly, iPhones are already dirt cheap at the subsidized $199 price. The price of the phone is irrelevant considering the $100/month minimum cost for service. Anyone who’s struggling to afford a $199 purchase price should not be contemplating a $100/month phone plan. 

  • Aj Tk427

    this is not surprising, they did the same thing with the 3GS when the iPhone4 came out.  8GB $99 3GS.

  • Alexander Maxham
  • Alexander Maxham

    But there is no 8gb iPhone 4….there was a 8gb 3GS though.

  • gareth edwards

    I’m liking a cheapo iP4, my 3G is ripe to put out to pasture (although it’s still a solid phone).

  • SarahAdam0103

    I just paíd $20.82 for an íPad 2.64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasoníc Lumíx GF 1 Cámera that we got for $38.79 there arriving tomorrow by UP S.I will never pay such expensive retail príces in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LCD T V to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://bit.ly/CentBid

  • DaveBarfoot

    Not until the iPhone 4 was released there wasn’t

  • Iphoneication

    my real question about dual mode gsm iphone is,,, will it work on all carriers in the US,,, is sprint finally getting this phone? 

  • adam sarah

    I just paíd $20.82 for an íPad 2.64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasoníc Lumíx GF 1 Cámera that we got for $38.79 there arriving tomorrow by UP S.I will never pay such expensive retail príces in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LCD T V to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://to.ly/aZYl

  • lals1414
  • Tim_at_IMM

    Agreed. 8 GB is starting to feel a bit limiting now anyway. The real expense is the contract fee, so you might as well get a higher-capacity model.

  • Aj Tk427

    The 8GB 3GS only appeared when the iPhone 4 came out.  The 3GS was 16 and 32 just like the iPhone 4

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    It’s not $100/month minimum.

    On AT&T the minimum plan you can get is $55/month. That gets you 450 rollover minutes and 200mb data plan.

    On Verizon the minimum plan you can get is $70/month. That gets you 450 minutes (don’t rollover) and a 2GB data plan. Now, most would want texting, but if you just wanted to get in the iOS phone ecosystem, it’s almost 55% and 70% of what you claimed.

  • Andrew

    There is no such thing as a “5 megapixel lens”.  Lenses are measured in focal length and maximum aperture, SENRORS are measured in size, type and resolution (megapixels).

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