“The iPhone 5 hasn’t even been out for a full four months and the iPhone rumors are already rolling in at full throttle,” Yoni Heisler writes for Network World. “But lately, the word from the rumor mill hasn’t been focused on the iPhone 5S or the like, but rather on reports that Apple may release a lower-priced iPhone to make inroads in emerging markets.”

“Initially, I was inclined to take these reports with a grain of salt. After all, rumors of a cheaper iPhone model have been permeating through the blogosphere for years now. But then I came across a tweet from Jeremy Horwitz of iLounge, a man with nearly unmatched credentials when it comes to Apple rumors and news. Indeed, I can say quite confidently that no site/person has been more accurate in such a regard than Horwitz has been over the past few years,” Heisler writes. “That said, Horwitz tweeted the following on Tuesday: ‘What we heard (still early) re: new budget iPhone model – not a ‘larger’ 5-inch screen, but rather unified 4-inch screens for 5S/5/new budget model.’”

Heisler writes, “And the more I thought about it, the more the economic calculus started to make sense.”

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