Apple is set to offer a $350 budget iPhone without contract, in addition to a fifth-generation device by the end of this summer, according to “an incredibly solid source” for Boy Genius Report. But neither device is likely to surprise us with its design.
That budget iPhone may not be the smaller ‘iPhone nano‘ device we’ve been hearing about, however. According to Boy Genius Report’s source, Apple will continue to sell the iPhone 3GS for just $350 without contract. And if that hasn’t already crushed your hopes and dreams for a whole new iPhone lineup this year, the fifth-generation iPhone probably won’t feature a redesign either.
BGR’s source says Apple’s fifth-generation iPhone, whether it’s the ‘iPhone 4S’ or the ‘iPhone 5’, will be “at least announced by the end of Summer, late August-ish,” and will likely feature the same design as the iPhone 4. They suggest that if a redesign was on the cards, we’d have seen third-party case leaks by now, just like those that circulated before the release of the iPad 2.
However, Apple has reportedly been cracking down on case manufacturers since the iPad 2 design was leaked.
So, what will happen to the iPhone 4? Well, apparently Apple will continue to offer this as well — finally allowing the company to offer “a full range of devices in the lower, mid, and high-end price segments.”