Rumors that Apple is getting ready to release a low-cost iPhone in the near future have been swirling for quite some time now, and if new reports are to be believed, consumers might see that day come sooner rather than later.
According to a report from BGR, Apple will begin testing the new iPhone as early as next month, producing just 1,000 devices for the June field tests. Consumer production is slated to begin ramping up sometime between July and September.
Earlier reports indicated the low-cost handset would be released in limited supply, 2.5 to 3 million units, alongside the iPhone 5S, which is rumored to launch in September. The device is aimed at emerging markets and Apple will reportedly wait and see how initial sales go before expanding production and shipping more units.
The low-cost iPhone is expected to have a polycarbonate plastic case to help keep costs down, as indicated by a purported image of the device that leaked earlier this month. Additionally, the handset, which will reportedly be manufactured by Foxconn and Pegatron, is expected to have a 4-inch display and run on an Apple A6 processor.
BGR reports the smartphone could be priced as low as $99 or $149 from retailers.