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Apple working on cheaper iPhone, using cheaper materials: Report

Published on Jan 9, 2013 6:59 AM
 
Apple's iPhone 5 (left) and previous generation 4S (right) are displayed in this Sept 12, 2012 photo in San Francisco, California. Apple Inc is working on a cheaper version of its popular iPhone that could be released this year, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Apple Inc is working on a cheaper version of its popular iPhone that could be released this year, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.

The device could resemble the existing iPhone, but might use less expensive materials, such as a shell made of polycarbonate plastic, according to the report, which cited anonymous sources.

Apple could decide not to move forward with the lower-end iPhone, the report noted.

The product would represent the first time Apple has diversified its line of smartphones with significantly different models since launching the original iPhone in 2007.

 
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