Get ready for THREE iPhones in revamped Apple lineup

Get ready for THREE iPhones in revamped Apple lineup

We've pretty much hit critical mass on iPhone rumours as thing really hit top gear ahead of the announcement of, well, something in the next couple of months.

But we're happy to break our silence on this one, as not only is it one of the more interesting rumours to emerge in recent weeks, but it also sounds an awful lot like it might be true.

That may in part be because it pulls together bits of most of the other rumours into one, but be that as it may, here's the deal: Apple is lining up to have a total of three iPhones in its newly expanded smartphone range post-September, including the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 and... the iPhone 3GS.

BGR says an “incredibly solid source” has revealed that Apple's much-rumoured cut-price iPhone is indeed on the cards, but that it's likely to be a repitched iPhone 3GS retailing for no more than $350 (the iPhone 4 currently starts at $649 unlocked).

The site also maintains that separate sources continue to indicate strongly that an iPhone 4S/iPhone 5 with a new case design is indeed on the cards, with the only doubt being over whether the pair will be announced simultaneously – we'd likely know more about this new design at this stage if an announcement was just a month or two away, the sources reason.

And lastly, BGR reckons that the existing iPhone 4 will continue to be sold as is – though at a lower price no doubt (UK mobile providers have already started cutting prices, but that could be about maintaining interest rather than an actual shift in cost).

It should be noted that all three of these rumours come from different sources, and it's BGR doing the work of putting them together. Yet none of the elements seems particularly far-fetched, and surely at this point the sheer number of plausible yet contradicting rumours we're hearing suggests Apple must be getting ready to widen its iPhone portfolio?

Conspiracy theories on a postcard, as usual...

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tryptase  Jul. 19, 2011 at 09:16

Unlikely

Sulphur Man  Jul. 19, 2011 at 09:47

I disagree. Highly likely that a cut-price iPhone is on the cards. Nokia sold 453 million handsets in 2010, about 405 million more than Apple. They dominate handset sales in developing countries and emerging markets. Apple needs to get the price of the iPhone down to compete - there's a billion potential customers in India alone. And a billion potential iTunes users. I'm fairly certain a 'cheap' iPhone is just around the corner.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 19, 2011 at 12:49

SuphurMan,
very good point. Add to that cheaper Android phones, and the fact that the cheapest BB - Curve 8520 - probably did way more to save RIM's butts in 2010/11 than the Bold and Torch...

Sulphur Man  Jul. 19, 2011 at 14:32

Indeed JanSt. If I had the funds, I'd probably buy RIM shares right now, as handsets like the 8520 Curve are near ideal for emerging markets like Central Africa. Email and business tools on the move, no need 3G to use BB services, decent battery life, decent build quality. RIM are in a good place for when the rest of the world gets the smartphone bug like we have.

tryptase  Jul. 20, 2011 at 14:48

I agree that an entry level iPhone would be a good strategy for Apple but using the 3GS doesn't seem an innovative step. There will be plenty of 2nd hand 3GS and 4's once the new phone comes out.

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