Apple may soon offer a cheaper version of its iPhone 4, sources tell Reuters, and the company may be targeting the end of September to launch the iPhone 5.
Two people close to the situation say Asian suppliers to Apple have begun manufacturing an 8GB iPhone 4. The standard sizes are 16 and 32GB. The sources were not identified, said the phone could launch within weeks. No official price was reported, but a 16GB iPhone 4 normally sells for $199.
Apple has reportedly declined to comment.
One source also tells Reuters that the iPhone 5, which some call the iPhone 4S, will have a larger touch screen, better antenna and an 8-megapixel camera.
In the second quarter of 2011, Apple’s iPhone made up 29 percent of U.S. smartphone sales, falling far behind the 52 percent market share by phones powered by Google’s Android operating system.