Budget iMac and 8GB iPhone at WWDC? ‘Nope.’

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is usually as reliable a source as it gets when it comes to what’s in the works with Apple’s supply chain. The analyst has correctly predicted countless major new Apple products months in advance, just by tracing the threads in the supply chain spider web.

But not even Kuo is infallible. Notable Apple journalist Jim Dalrymple has shot down Kuo’s latest report, suggesting that Apple will introduce a new iMac and a lower-capacity 8GB iPhone at its Worldwide Developers Conference, with just a single word: “Nope.”

According to Kuo’s report, Tim Cook and his team would debut both the cheaper iMac and the lower-capacity iPhone onstage Monday. There was some reason to believe the rumors. On the iMac front, the MacBook Air has recently seen a $100 price drop, and new iMac models are referenced in the OS X 10.9.4 beta that was released to developers just yesterday.

As for the 8GB iPhone, Apple is still perceived by many as needing a lower-cost alternative to many budget smartphones, especially for the emerging market. Apple already sells an 8GB iPhone 5c in India, so it would make a certain kind of sense for Apple to release that same model in more countries.

But Dalrymple has put the kibosh on both reports. Known for his unparalleled connections within Apple, Dalyrmple can usually confirm or deny existing rumors with 100 percent accuracy. If you were holding out for either a cheaper iMac or a cheaper iPhone at WWDC, then, take a deep breath: You’ll probably have to wait.

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