iPhone mini rumoured for this year

Yes, it's that time of year, when speculation of a budget iPhone reappears. Will it finally arrive this year? Sources in China say 'yes'.

According to the China Times, suppliers in the region have been talking, specifically about a 'low-cost' handset that will arrive this year. Sadly, that's pretty much all there is, apart from word that the phone might already be in production in some capacity.

The iPhone mini (or iPhone nano if you want to go back further) has been rumoured since 2008, although those rumours really picked up last year, when Apple chief Tim Cook floated the idea of something 'very clever' for the pay-as-you-go market. One year on, has that idea become reality?

With a budget iPad widely expected later this year, the concept of a similarly budget iPhone isn't such a crazy one. It might even land with the new iPhone (iPhone 5), which is said be heading our way from late summer onwards. Apple doesn't have a phone to take on the entry- and mid-level Android smartphones. It could have one soon.

Source: Recombu

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