Rumored Low-Cost iPhone Might Be Worth Buying: 10 Reasons Why

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-07-31 Print this article Print

The rumor mill is in overdrive with reports of Apple planning to launch a new, cheaper iPhone sometime this year or next. The device will reportedly come with a plastic casing and could very well deliver the same 4-inch display that customers currently find in the company’s iPhone 5. The cheaper iPhone, which could be called the iPhone 5C, according to some reports, will complement the upcoming iPhone 5S, which could launch as Apple’s flagship handset sometime later this year. But if and when the cheap iPhone launches alongside the iPhone 5S, customers will need to decide economy is their highest priority and buy the cheaper option or spend more money for the high-end version Apple has been selling for years. In the past, choosing the high-end model was simple, since the cheaper products were outdated. But if the iPhone 5C (or whatever it’ll be called) actually hits store shelves, the handset might just be exactly what the thrifty smartphone buyer has been waiting for. Take a look at this eWEEK slide show to find out why consumers should spend their hard-earned cash on the rumored, cheap iPhone.

  • Rumored Low-Cost iPhone Might Be Worth Buying: 10 Reasons Why

    By Don Reisinger
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  • It’ll Have the Same-Size Screen

    If all the leaked images of the cases are to be believed, Apple’s low-cost iPhone will come with a 4-inch screen, matching that in the iPhone 5. If screen size is all that matters to a customer, why spend the extra cash on a more expensive iPhone 5S?
    1-It’ll Have the Same-Size Screen
  • There Won’t Be an iOS Issue

    Apple has been extremely intelligent when it comes to its handling of iOS. The company hasn’t split off its operating system the way Google has with Android, and it ensures that the platform works across devices. That means that the low-end iPhone will run the same software as the bigger, more-expensive option.
    2-There Won’t Be an iOS Issue
  • The Apps Are Readily Available

    If Apple has any plans for a low-cost iPhone, don’t worry one second about the app support. Apple’s low-cost iPhone will work just fine with any and all applications currently available in the App Store. That’s a huge selling point for customers, but something that threatens to ultimately cause cannibalization in Apple’s expanding smartphone line.
    3-The Apps Are Readily Available
  • Apple Won’t Skimp On Design

    Design matters greatly in Apple’s world. And although it’ll be offering a cheap iPhone, the case designs that have leaked onto the Web are extremely impressive. Once again, Apple hasn’t skimped on design. And customers will be quite happy with that if the handset actually launches.
    4-Apple Won’t Skimp On Design
  • It Promises Ample Storage

    According to reports, Apple will offer up to 64GB of storage in the cheaper iPhone, effectively sidestepping fears that it would only offer a small amount of storage capacity for customers to entice them to buy the high-end alternative. Apple isn’t going to try and win over higher-end customers on storage. The company knows it’s a bad move. Shoppers on a budget will benefit because of that.
    5-It Promises Ample Storage
  • Apple Never Has Issues With Quality

    Just because a handset is cheaper, it doesn’t mean that it lacks quality. In fact, Apple hasn’t built up its reputation by releasing shoddy products. It always puts a lot of time and effort in quality, and if a low-end iPhone hits the market, Apple no doubt will want it to be considered a well-built alternative to the high-end iPhone. That’s a good thing.
    6-Apple Never Has Issues With Quality
  • The Price Will Be Better (Obviously)

    Looking to save some cash? Apple is clearly taking aim at an entirely new class of buyers who until now shunned iPhones as too expensive. There’s no word right now on how much the low-end option will cost, but it’s possible customers will be able to get it for as little as $100 or so.
    7-The Price Will Be Better (Obviously)
  • It’ll Likely Connect to 4G LTE

    Although cheaper products don’t tend to connect to the Web via 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, Apple has made sure that all its mobile devices do just that. In fact, the company launched an iPad Mini last year that connected to 4G LTE networks when just about everyone thought it wouldn’t. If Apple did that with the iPad, expect it to follow the same route with the low-cost iPhone.
    8-It’ll Likely Connect to 4G LTE
  • The iPhone 5S Won’t Be Groundbreaking

    The iPhone 5S, which will be Apple’s high-end product introduction this year, won’t be so much better than the cheaper option to warrant spending all that extra cash on it. Sure, the iPhone 5S will have a better processor, a nicer screen and nicer finishes, but it won’t be groundbreaking. That might be some consolation for some customers who don’t mind buying a slightly lower-end model when they can save some cash.
    9-The iPhone 5S Won’t Be Groundbreaking
  • You’re New to the Smartphone Game

    The low-cost iPhone seems like a fine option for customers who are new to the smartphone game. After all, new entrants into the space won’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a device and software platform they don’t know how to use. A low-cost iPhone 5 will offer outstanding functionality at a price that’s designed to appeal to flip-phone holdouts.
    10-You’re New to the Smartphone Game
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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