With WWDC just a few weeks away, we're starting to see an uptick in the number of iOS 7-related rumors. Flying somewhat beneath the radar, however, is Apple's plan for its iPhone line. Sure, it's more than likely that Apple will come out with an iPhone 5S later this summer or in early fall, but also remember that there have been a slew of reports hinting at a lower-cost iPhone model meant for emerging markets.
On that front, Macotakara on Friday published a report with a number of interesting details surrounding Apple's alleged low-cost smartphone.
Jibing with previous reports, Macotakara, citing a trusted source, relays that the lower-cost iPhone will come in a variety of colors - navy, gold, orange, white, and grey. Product-wise, Apple is running a production run of 1,000 units this June with mass production slated to begin in July and run through September. It would appear that only the full-featured iPhone 5S will come in black.
As for the iPhone 5S, the site resurrects a rumor we first heard with the iPhone 4S, namely that the device will feature a dual-LED flash. Color-wise, the report notes that the iPhone 5S will also come in a selection of three colors. The report was rather flimsy with the details, but said green and gold might be up for consideration. Personally, I don't think colors like gold and navy blue would make the cut. If Apple does, in fact, release iPhones in a variety of colors, previous color choices on other products might tend to be indicative.
In any event, Apple's rumored low-cost iPhone will be geared toward emerging markets and will reportedly cost approximately $330 without a subsidy. Apple will be able to make the margins work because the device will utilize lower-cost materials, such as a polycarbonate body as opposed to aluminum and glass.
This past April, we highlighted an alleged leak photo of the rear shell of a low-cost iPhone. Note that that report claimed that the low-cost iPhone would come in black, white, blue, red, and yellow. In other words, if the iPhone does in fact come with a slew of colors, only Apple at this point likely knows what they are.