According to a new DigiTimes report this morning, new rumors have surfaced that Apple is on tap to test market a new low-cost iPhone later this year. The report states that "Apple plans to launch an inexpensive model targeting emerging markets with initial quarterly shipments of only 2.5-3.0 million units to test market response." Although this rumor sounds interesting, it doesn't sound like it's a move that Apple would ever make.
The rumor goes on to state that the low-cost iPhone is expected to be manufactured by Foxconn and come with a 4-inch LTPS panel powered by an A6 processor, optimizing the high yield rates of mature components. The rumor also states that these sources are claiming that Apple will adopt cost-effective plastic chassis for low-priced iPhone.
In my view, the rumor holds little logic. Either Apple has a focused plan to attack emerging markets with an economically priced iPhone over the next year or two or it doesn't. Apple has never "tested" a product in the market before and it's this point that makes the rumor sound invented. Do you agree? Send in your comments.