Apple’s manufacturing plans an 8 GB version of the iPhone 4 to launch this fall and is currently in production in Korea. Apple’s iPhone 4 packs the impressive A4 processor, a decent 5-megapixel camera capable of shooting video at 720p and Apple’s Retina display. Apple is also targeting an end-September launch for the next-generation iPhone 5, which some of its sources have been calling the iPhone 4S because of its largely identical appearance to the existing iPhone 4……………..
Asian suppliers to Apple have begun manufacturing a lower-priced version of its hot-selling iPhone 4 with a smaller 8 gigabyte flash drive and the flash drive for the 8GB iPhone 4 is being manufactured by a Korean company. Apple currently sources its flash drives from Japan’s Toshiba and South Korea’s Samsung Electronics. Apple, which demands high levels of secrecy and security from suppliers and employees and Samsung also declined to comment. The existing iPhone 4 was first launched in June 2010 with 16 GB and 32 GB versions with a white version added to the lineup in April. The 8GB version is expected to launch within weeks and some analysts said the cheaper 8GB iPhone 4 could help Apple boost sales in emerging markets. “Apple may want to push into the emerging market segment where customers want to switch to low- to mid-end smartphones from high-end feature phones, which usually cost $150-200,” said Yuanta Securities analyst Bonnie Chang. “But I think for an 8GB iPhone 4 the price is hard to go below $200, so Apple will still need a completely new phone with low specifications for the emerging markets.” In addition to the launch of the smaller iPhone 4, Apple is targeting an end-September launch for the next-generation iPhone 5 and the new iPhone, which some call the iPhone 4S because of its largely identical appearance to the existing iPhone 4 will have a bigger touch screen, better antenna and an 8-megapixel camera.