Apple is reportedly planning to release a budget version of the iPhone 12 without 5G networking capabilities early next year, Business Insider claims. Their source previously thought Apple could announce both 4G and 5G variants of the 2020 iPhones.
The company is expected to release a ‘cheaper 4G model’ in early-2021 around February or March, when Apple has previously held events for new services and hardware announcements. This new device could cost under $800, BI claims.
Apple is also rumoured to be keeping the prices of the iPhone 12 lineup the same as last year’s iPhone 11, which is what leaker Jon Prosser revealed earlier this year. The 5.4″ model could come in around $649, 6.1″ iPhone 12 at $749 and 12 Pro and Pro Max at the same prices as the 11 Pro series.
“Price points will be aggressive as Apple goes after their broader customer base,” Ives said. “Especially in a recession, in a COVID-19 backdrop, they need to make sure they’re hitting all price categories.”
Apple is expected to release four versions of the iPhone 12 later this year, all with 5G support, its latest A14 Bionic chip, OLED displays and a squared-off, boxier design. Hundreds of rumours dating back to last year have made specific claims about the new iPhones, so it’s hard to confirm this will be correct.