Apple to finally produce budget iPhone?

Steve Jobs said that Apple would never make a smaller iPad.

Well, the iPad mini is here and selling like crazy, and it seems like Jobs’ successor Tim Cook is going to ignore one of Jobs’ other beliefs too and get to work on a cheap iPhone.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the tech giant is developing a cheaper version of its record-breaking smartphone, and plans to release it before the end of the year.

In the same way the iPad mini uses a lot of iPad 2 internals, the cheap iPhone will likely use bits of older handsets in order to be sold at a lower price, with metal casings eschewed in favour of a cheaper polycarbonate exterior.

The hope is that the cutprice handset will give Apple a sales boost and introduce the brand to new markets around the world, taking the fight to companies like Samsung, who have a range of products at various price points.

If it does become a reality, the low-end iPhone is expected to be priced between £70 and £100, with China being the first launch territory.

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