Is Apple bringing back the iPhone 4? It never left

Is Apple bringing back the iPhone 4? It never leftPrepare to file this one under ‘Confusing’. From out of India, we’re told that Apple is bringing back the iPhone 4 in a bid to claw back market share from Samsung et al.

But a little digging around suggests the humble iPhone 4 never stopped being sold. In certain markets, at least.

Here in the UK – and most other territories including the US – the iPhone 4 is no more, with the current line-up comprised of the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s.

There’s been much criticism leveled at Apple since it’s thus far failed to provide an affordable alternative to Android’s low-end army, but Tim Cook reiterates that the Californians are firmly focused on the premium market.

A full-on iPhone 4 resurrection would of course be headline news, but despite India’s The Economic Times getting all sensationalist, it reports that a relatively modest 50,000-60,000 entered the country in December 2013.

Meanwhile, over on the Brazilian Apple site, the iPhone 4 is clear for all to see. However, a journalist there tells TechRadar the iPhone 4 never went off sale.

Similarly, a gander at China's Apple site shows the iPhone 4 in all its modest glory. Who needs a cheap iPhone 5c?

A slightly baffling non-story then. Essentially the iPhone 4 is still being sold in some territories, and in presumably small volumes, but don’t expect to see it attack the Moto G outside those emerging markets.

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Pondlife  Feb. 6, 2014 at 14:13

Prices would have made it more interesting
4 (8gb) in brazil c£279
5s (16gb) c£712!
5c (16gb) c£508

Rip off brazil...

China
4 (8gb) c£260
5s (16gb) c£530

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 6, 2014 at 14:16

The cheapest Macbook around these shores is a €1099 128GB Macbook Air... Who in their right min/s expects a $99 iPhone?

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