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New low-cost iPhone to enter mass production in February

Apple Inc suppliers plan to start assembling a brand new low-cost iPhone in February, individuals aware of the plan mentioned, as the corporate appears to deal with a wider swath of the worldwide smartphone market forward of its 5G handsets later this 12 months.

The Cupertino, California-based firm is predicted to formally unveil the brand new telephone as early as March, one individual aware of its highway map mentioned. The meeting work for the brand new handset will probably be cut up amongst Hon Hai Precision Business, Pegatron Corp and Wistron Corp, the individuals added.

This would be the first lower-cost iPhone mannequin for the reason that iPhone SE. It’ll look much like the iPhone eight from 2017 and embrace a 4.7in display, Bloomberg Information has beforehand reported. The iPhone eight continues to be available on the market, at present promoting for US$449 (RM1,826), whereas Apple offered the iPhone SE for US$399 (RM1,623) when that handset launched in 2016.

The brand new telephone is predicted to have Contact ID constructed into the house button, reusing established Apple expertise as an alternative of choosing an in-display fingerprint sensor like most trendy Android rivals. It is not going to have Apple’s Face ID biometric authentication, however it is going to function the identical processor as Apple’s present flagship machine, the iPhone 11.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to remark.

Apple’s extra inexpensive iPhones have confirmed fashionable with customers, together with the most recent iPhone 11, whose beginning worth was US$50 (RM203) decrease than Apple’s typical pricing. Robust demand for iPhones has prompted Apple to ask Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co to make extra chips within the present quarter, in accordance with two individuals aware of the matter.

Shares in Japan Show Inc, which provides LCD screens for Apple’s lower-tier iPhones, closed 1.35% increased on Jan 22.

Apple is planning a slew of latest high-end iPhones for launch later in 2020 that embrace 5G connectivity, sooner processors, and new 3-D cameras on the again, Bloomberg Information has reported.

A less expensive providing could assist Apple higher compete in probably the most price-competitive and fast-growing rising telephone markets, notably India. iPhones are nonetheless a tough promote within the nation, which is overrun by aggressively-priced Android rivals coming in at lower than US$200 (RM813). Nonetheless, Apple has proven a will to carve out a distinct segment for itself and is eyeing places for Apple shops inside its borders.

The US tech juggernaut is hoping its handset shipments will return to development this 12 months, having set itself the purpose of transport greater than 200 million items in 2020. The successor to the iPhone SE will play a big position in that process. – Bloomberg

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