For months it's been rumored that Apple is developing a cheaper iPhone to appeal to previously unattained markets, but a report published today said the cheaper version may not get a full launch at first.
DigiTimes cited the tremulous source "speculation currently circulating in the iPhone supply chain in Taiwan," which does not instill much confidence in the report.
But according to the site, Apple will release the budget-priced iPhone in emerging markets with 2.5 to 3 million units a quarter in order to test those markets' response to the device.
A subsequent launch in more established markets like the U.S. and U.K. could presumably follow, though there was no mention of that in this latest report.
Cheap iPhone rumors
The cheap iPhone rumors flying around have varied, but the most important thing is the price, and speculation suggests that a cost of around $330 (UK£210, AU$310) might be enough to lure new in new segments of consumers.
There have been few hints about the budget iPhone's release date, though it's possible we might here something by the end of the summer, or even at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June.