Apple is always known for being associated with great quality, yet over-priced gadgets. The company’s philosophy of never downgrading any of it’s products has never be debated. Now that Steve Jobs is no more, it appears Apple might flex its muscles a little under the new CEO Tim Cook. Reuters reports that Apple is considering iPhones with 4.7-inch, 5.7-inch screens including a cheaper product which will be priced at $99. This idea of Apple actually releasing a lower end iPhone will certainly raise an eye brow or two. But if the company needs to grow it’s market in China, India and Africa, cheaper gadgets has to be pushed to ensure it becomes a reality.
Alot hasn’t been said about the mystery $99 iPhone, but it has been reported in some quarters that low end iPhone would be made out of plastic and would be available in about 5-6 colors. Foxconn manufactures the iPhone 5 and they will do so for the iPhone 5S as well. Pegatron will be responsible for manufacturing the $99 iPhone.
If this piece of information become a reality, other Chinese products which have started sweeping the Africa markets will face stiff competition. Any Apple product stamped with a cheap price as $99 would be an automatic by for many people, but it may not entirely work-out as Apple would want, as consumers now think 10-times better than before. If the $99 iPhone is downgraded to the maximum, consumers might see it as a complete rip-off.