What if the iPhone 5C is really cheap after all?
The original plastic iPhone rumours began months ago, and the premise at the time was that it would be a cheap device aimed primarily at budget-conscious consumers in less wealthy countries.
Over the following weeks then months, somehow the future device got up-specced in the minds of the rumour-mongers. Apple would never release anything really cheap. It'll be a 5th gen iPod touch with cellular chip. It'll replace the iPhone 4/4S. It'll be $449 off-contract, etc.
But I'm looking at the latest leak, and starting to wonder...
Take a good look at those screens. You'll never see a picture of the 5th gen iPod touch or the iPhone 5 that looks like that. The screens on those devices darken as you tilt them to acute angles, unless they are reflecting something bright or light-coloured. The phones on the peripherals of this picture should be reflecting the dark cabinet walls behind.
I think these are sporting cheap TN LCD panels. The old iPod touch would produce a light, almost inverted image when tilted:
I know there are any number of reasons why I could be wrong, but I'm interested to hear others' thoughts. What would be the implications of Apple introducing a properly cheap phone?
How low could they go? Could they hit US$199 for an A5-based model with TN display, 8GB of storage and a 5MP camera? How much damage could that hypothetically do?