COMPUTER giant Apple is strongly tipped to launch a 'cheap iPhone' within weeks, according to new reports.
The latest hint of a cut-price version of the iconic smartphone came yesterday from a US human rights organisation, which cited concerns over working conditions involved in producing the new device.
"At this moment, in Shanghai, China, workers in Apple's supplier factory Pegatron are monotonously working long overtime hours to turn out a scaled-back, less expensive version of the iPhone," said the report from China Labour Watch. "This iPhone model with a plastic cover will soon be released on the market by Apple."
The report chimes with several recent reports which suggest a cheaper iPhone – thought to be named the iPhone 5C – is on the way.
Photos of iPhone 5C packaging have been widely circulated on the internet.
Apple, which once dismissed the prospect of making cheaper smartphones, is having to think again about its iPhone line-up. Globally, Samsung has widened the gap in smartphone sales, with research firm Strategy Analytics putting Samsung at 33.1pc of the market, compared with Apple's shrinking 13.6pc.
Apple is also facing a US ban on some of its iPhone models due to violating Samsung patents.
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