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Two new versions of Apple iPhone by next month?

Apple has asked its Taiwan-based supplier to begin shipping two new versions of the iPhone next month (September 2013), including a lower-cost model, the Wall Street Journal reported.

By:AFP
| Updated on: Aug 21 2013, 10:56 IST

Apple has asked its Taiwan-based supplier to begin shipping two new versions of the iPhone in September 2013, including a lower-cost model, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

The Journal, citing unnamed sources, said Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision, the parent company of Foxconn in China, was readying both a standard iPhone with new upgrades and a less expensive model with fewer features.

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Last week, the news site AllThingsD, part of the same company as The Journal, said Apple had scheduled a September 10 event to unveil the new smartphones as part of an effort to regain momentum.

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An Apple spokesman declined to comment.

Apple's move comes with its chief rival Samsung reportedly set to unveil its own smartphones and other devices, including a smartwatch.

Speculation has centered around whether Apple will shift its strategy to include a lower-cost handset to appeal to more consumers, especially in emerging markets.

A survey released by Gartner last week said Apple's share of the smartphone market worldwide fell to 14.2% in the second quarter, while Samsung's share rose to 31.7%.

Gartner said the Google Android operating system was used on 79% of smartphones sold in the period.

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First Published Date: 20 Aug, 07:44 IST
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