Rumor: Cheaper 8 GB iPhone 4 in the works?

Apple's iPhone 4 has been highly successful in its current 16 GB and 32 GB versions, but now rumors have hit the Internet that a new but cheaper version of the current iPhone is in the works. According to a Reuters story, which cites unnamed sources, the cheaper iPhone 4 would have 8 GB of flash memory inside, made by an unnamed Korean-based supplier. The cheaper version of the iPhone 4 is supposed to be released "within weeks", if the story's sources are correct. There's no word on what price point the new 8 GB iPhone 4 will have.

In related news, TechCrunch is reporting that the upcoming launch of the iPhone 5 will in fact be a "world phone". Against using unnamed sources, the story claims that the iPhone 5 will support both GSM and CDMA wireless networks inside. If true that would allow the iPhone 5 to be used on both Verizon and AT&T's networks without having to get an iPhone 5 that works on just one network, like the current situation with the iPhone 4.

The Reuters story claims that Apple is preparing for a late September launch for the iPhone 5. The phones two manufacturers have been preparing to make up to 45 million units of the iPhone 5 in preparation for the expected high demand. The iPhone 5 is expected to have a bigger touch screen, a more powerful processor, an 8 megapixel rear camera and more improvements. As usual, Apple is officially not commenting on the latest rumors.

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Why are people calling BS? This has been Apple's system for years when a new phone comes out.

8GB Old Model >> 16GB New Model >> 32GB New Model.

If you don't have many apps, music or videos then 8 GB works. It would essentially be the 8 GB iPod touch that makes calls.

Denis W said,
If you don't have many apps, music or videos then 8 GB works. It would essentially be the 8 GB iPod touch that makes calls.

This, I have never used more than 8GB on my 32GB iPod Touch. I delete apps I don't use and movies I have watched. If they had it and brought it down to a lower price than current iPhone 4 now I'd buy it. But if they wanted it to succeed they need an iPhone to match other budget phone prices. I'd happily pay £200 for a budget iPhone.

And if anything think it's not likely, I mean Apple left the 3GS 8GB for a discount when the 4 came out so it's likely to do the same.

That doesn't make any sense.
I call BS, because as such a multi-functional and media-oriented device the iPhone needs rather more than just a base 16GB with 32GB as a "premium"...
IMHO it should start at least at 32GB and go at least as far as 64GB.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,
That doesn't make any sense.
I call BS, because as such a multi-functional and media-oriented device the iPhone needs rather more than just a base 16GB with 32GB as a "premium"...
IMHO it should start at least at 32GB and go at least as far as 64GB.

GS:mac

Does it, really? I never fill the 16GB, let alone the 32GB. On my nexus one, the sd card is 4gb and i've never filled it, and that's including music and pictures.

Julius Caro said,

Does it, really? I never fill the 16GB, let alone the 32GB. On my nexus one, the sd card is 4gb and i've never filled it, and that's including music and pictures.

I think it might have to do with us filling our iPhone/Android with stuff we did not buy at the iTunes Store. I could easily fill a smartphone with 512gigs worth of data.

You would be surprised at how fast semi-professional photos (from the latest trip) and a cross referenced document library add up. Never mind any videos of the family or my 1tb music library.

Julius Caro said,

Does it, really? I never fill the 16GB, let alone the 32GB. On my nexus one, the sd card is 4gb and i've never filled it, and that's including music and pictures.


It all depends on what the device is going to be used for. For instance, I have an 8GB MicroSD card in my phone, and it's already around 60% full, mainly because I use it mostly as a media player. I can see how someone could struggle with that little storage space. Put some music on there, a few videos, and those 8 gigs are going to be almost full.