iPhone 5: No Mini iPhone After All But Less Expensive

Over the last few weeks speculation over the iPhone 5 has really grown. The next-generation Apple iPhone, thought to be due for release in June, has had everybody talking and we’ve published many articles with the latest news and speculation. Among our most recent posts were rumors of a larger display, the MobileMe cloud service and also an improved camera sensor coming to the next iPhone, and also speculation regarding a cheaper iPhone.

However a lot of the current rumors surround the format of the next iPhone and we have also reported on a possible mini iPhone or as some have dubbed it, an iPod nano, as well as another article about three prototype iPhone 5’s being tested. We’ve now heard more on this as new reports have surfaced saying that there will not be a smaller iPhone after all, but that there could be a cheaper one.

An article on The New York Times by Miguel Helft and Nick Bilton, speaks of sources who wish to remain anonymous but are “briefed on Apple’s plans.” These sources say that there is not a smaller iPhone being developed and it’s not anticipated that there will be one any time soon. It’s thought that the reasons for this are that a smaller iPhone would be more difficult to use and would not necessarily be a lot less expensive to make.

Apple is though, considering changing some components to make the iPhone cheaper to produce and the source said, “ Although the innards of the phone, including memory size or camera quality, could change to a less expensive model, the size of the device would not vary.” There is also talk of making the iPhone simpler to use through voice commands.

Josh Ong on Apple Insider also comments on The New York Times report and tells how some analysts are saying that to increase overseas growth, Apple must bring out a cheaper iPhone. A. M. Sacconaghi Jr., analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Company feels that there would be a possible 6x increase in sales for Apple, if the company were to launch a cheaper iPhone.

What are your thoughts on low-priced iPhone? Would you snap one up, or do you expect to pay a higher price to get a premium product and fear that a cheaper iPhone could not live up to the usual high Apple standards? Why not let us know by sending us your comments below.