Every now and then, someone gets excited about the prospects of a possible budget iPhone in the works, and the grapevine grinds away with leaks and rumours. Last year was a case in point. There was so much excitement in the air. But it turned out that the iPhone 5c was only a slightly less expensive sidekick to the 5s. It was no budget phone.
Borrowing a leaf from Nokia, the iPhone 5c turned up in brightly coloured polycarbonate shells and a few specs differences. Incidentally, it has witnessed very disappointing sales. In a similar fashion, Apple introduced the iPad Mini, a slightly less expensive 8-inch tablet. See the pattern? Apple may do less expensive, but Apple is a stranger to budget.
Right now, the buzz is about a cheaper iPhone 5c 8GB model. You can throw away any hopes of it being a budget device either. It will not be. Apple does not have the concept of budget in their DNA. If you want a budget smartphone, look elsewhere now before your heart gets broken again, as it surely will, anticipating a budget iPhone.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.