Apple readying two iPhone versions for launch – report

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NEW YORK CITY – Apple has asked its Taiwan-based supplier to begin shipping two new versions of the iPhone next month, including a lower-cost model, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

The Journal, citing unnamed sources, said Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision, the parent company of Foxconn in China, was readying both a standard iPhone with new upgrades and a less expensive model with fewer features.

Last week, the news site AllThingsD, part of the same company as The Journal, said Apple had scheduled a September 10 event to unveil the new smartphones as part of an effort to regain momentum.

An Apple spokesman declined to comment.

Apple’s move comes with its chief rival Samsung reportedly set to unveil its own smartphones and other devices, including a smartwatch.

Speculation has centered around whether Apple will shift its strategy to include a lower-cost handset to appeal to more consumers, especially in emerging markets.

A survey released by Gartner last week said Apple’s share of the smartphone market worldwide fell to 14.2 percent in the second quarter, while Samsung’s share rose to 31.7 percent.

Gartner said the Google Android operating system was used on 79 percent of smartphones sold in the period.

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  • khantot

    Patay na ang APPL. Mga tulok lang ang gumagamit ng Iphoney.

  • riza888

    I love my iPhone 5. For all its shortcomings, I love iOS. And all my media is woven into iTunes. Sure, I can move nearly everything over to Google, but that’s a hassle I’d rather avoid. So you’re either in or you’re not and you likely already know what camp to be in.

    • Ross

      Well enjoy your Iphone…. :) Android is overtaking

  • zz

    Again this will be Outdated phone. No Multi tasking. You can’t open windows at the same time’ you have to close your current window to able to open another window.

    • Ross

      Yeah… BTW, according to latest IOS software this spring they we be having multi tasking… anyway, kinda late some already done that in many years… Anything new? we ask sometimes

  • jiroarturo

    I will buy buy both

  • pubringjuandelacruz

    the only thing that Apple has was its “premium”. now that the company is building/selling cheaper iPhone, it is “premium” no more. oh! I wonder what could have Steve Jobs say when he sees this type of announcement.

  • ynigooctaviano

    Mga kabayan, the new iPhone made in Taiwan sweatshops. Boycott Made in Taiwan. Go tell your friends and family not to buy this Made in Taiwan product.

    • kangsongdaeguk

      Nah. communist china.

    • reddfrog

      Bobo it’s made in China.

    • txtman SUPOTiful Bading

      UGOK

  • Ambot

    stupid hacker.

  • Javaman

    Apple’s glory of innovation ends at Steve Jobs death. Consumers are not excited as before with a feeling of unbelievable product launch!

    • MangTeban

      This is beginning to sound more and more true… The excitement has definitely died down.

      • Ross

        Yeah, it goes with the late Steve Job grave (RIP)

    • Luzviminda Bayani

      i was supposed to jump to iphone5 from iphone4….but after realizing that it’s a ripoff compared to galaxy note 2 (with radio, bigger LCD, more features, higher specs, etc. at a much lower cost), i decided to go with the latter.

      • AntiAko

        I got the same phone last year although the at&t version has no radio built in. It’s the best phone ever!

  • blue_lights

    Too late Apple, I got rid of boring iPhone 5 in favor of my awesome Sony Experia Z.

    • Ross

      :) that would be my replacement for my Galaxy Note :)

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