Apple Never Stopped Manufacturing The iPhone 4

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A recent report suggested that Apple was restarting manufacture of the iPhone 4 to target India, Indonesia and Brazil as developing markets. In fact, sources say that Apple never stopped making the phone.

A news story for BGR India claims that — while the volumes might not have been so high as that of the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, or even the iPhone 4s — Apple continued manufacturing the iPhone 4 ever since its introduction, since the phone serves as a key component of Apple’s sales strategy in countries outside of the U.S. and Western Europe.

While BGR India doesn’t point to where its information comes from, it does note that it was confirmed by multiple sources, likely on Apple’s production line.

Read into this what you want, but it may alter the speculation about Apple’s changing focus under Tim Cook, since reports about the supposed restarted production observed how Apple’s drive toward certain developing markets would see the company restart production on an outmoded product for only three countries.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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