The latter reason is a bit odd, verging on a technical non sequitur. Because Qualcomm offers the ARM-based Snapdragon as a mobile system on a chip, with the processor integrated with a bunch of other components. With the iPhone 5's A6 chip, Apple apparently has for the first time custom-designed its own ARM-based main processor, manufactured by Samsung. Apple does use Qualcomm's mobile data modem chipsets, but not the Snapdragon.
"You'd think if Apple wanted to make a low-cost iPhone, it would be small," wrote Dave Smith, at International Business Times, after reading the DigiTimes account of unsupported anonymous speculation. "An 'iPhone nano,' if you will." (Smith must have been watching Frederico's design blog!)
You would think that. But you would be wrong. Apple is, after all, magical.
"If DigiTimes' sources are correct, Apple's "low-cost iPhone" could easily look like a Galaxy S3 smartphone, and given its 'low cost,' it might even compete with Samsung's prices, too," Smith concluded.
So if DigiTimes' sources are correct, Apple is going to imitate the Galaxy S III and voluntarily start a price war with Samsung.
DigiTimes and various stock analysts agree, according to Smith: "Apple wants to sell a lower-priced iPhone. Whether the 'iPhone 6' will be bigger or smaller has yet to be determined; Apple simply wants it to be cheaper." Clearly. "The obvious explanation: A cheaper iPhone -- easily the company's most popular product -- would help Apple penetrate some key markets, particularly those Eastern, lower-income areas like China and India."
We can hear Apple CEO Tim Cook now, the new Colossus gazing to the East and crying out, "Give me your tired, your poor, your lower-income huddled masses yearning to buy an Apple iPhone, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the phoneless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my cheaper iPhone 6 beside the golden door."
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