Reuters Reports: New 8GB iPhone 4 Likely on the Horizon

According to reports from Reuters journalists based in Taipei and Hong Kong, Asian suppliers for Apple have initiated the production of a more affordable iPhone 4 model with 8 GB of storage. This information comes from two individuals familiar with the developments.

It appears that a Korean company has been tasked with providing the 8 GB flash drives for this budget-friendly version of the iPhone 4, hinting at the possibility that Samsung might be involved, given their history of supplying similar components for other iPhone models.

However, both Apple and Samsung have chosen not to respond to these speculations.

The introduction of a cheaper iPhone 4 variant could potentially boost Apple’s market presence in developing regions. Bonnie Chang, an analyst at Yuanta Securities, mentioned, “For Apple to truly penetrate these emerging markets, they would need to introduce an entirely new model designed with lower specifications.” She also expressed skepticism about reducing the cost of the 8 GB iPhone 4 to a price point between $150 and $200, which is necessary to compete effectively with top-tier feature phones.

Furthermore, the Reuters article highlighted that the upcoming iPhone 5 is slated for release towards the end of September.

The manufacturing responsibilities have been divided between Hon Hai and Pegatron, with an initial production order of 45 million units. This new iteration is rumored to feature an 8-megapixel camera.


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