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The manufacturer of the still-popular iPhone 4S has said that it plans to add 40,000 workers, boosting rumors that Apple plans to release an entry-level iPhone soon. Taiwan-based Pegatron, which has manufacturing plants in Taiwan, mainland China, Mexico, and the Czech Republic, told Reuters that it plans to increase its …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
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    Apple uses alternative to FoxConn

    Wow, all those reports predicting the death (either warranted or unwarranted) of Apple seem to be a wee bit premature.

    So Foxconn is reporting less orders from Apple.

    As few commentators did suggest that Apple was seeking alternative manufacturers but in the main these were downvoted into virtual oblivion.

    Then it turns out that it could be true.

    Will any of the Fandroids who slagged off Apple hold their hands up and say, Ok, I got it wrong'?

    I very much doubt it.

    No, I don't own an iPhone but I am just getting a bit fed up with this Anti-Apple vitriol. Now I can go back to swearing at my crap Samsung phone. They all have faults so why can't everyone just accept it?

    1. andreas koch

      @ AC 1934GMT - Re: Apple uses alternative to FoxConn

      A few mentions of multimillion Dollar share transactions, a few rumours from a factory and a bit of hearsay about plastic backs should get the share prices back up to the $700s. Then everyone who lost most of their dosh during the last months of Apple value slump can quickly sell off, recover their losses and buy into Exxon again.

      This isn't, I think, about technology, this is about economic market tweaking. South Sea Bubble.

      Oh, and by the way, we Fandroids don't slag off Apple because we don't like them. They're just much more entertaining to mock and slander than Samsung, Google and Nokia together . . .

      1. andreas koch
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        Re: @ AC 1934GMT - Apple uses alternative to FoxConn

        - - - and Blackberry.

      2. Darryl

        Re: @ AC 1934GMT - Apple uses alternative to FoxConn

        Plus, you can almost see the steam shooting out of the iFanboys' ears when they see someone slagging their idol. It's just too hard to pass up.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Apple uses alternative to FoxConn

      A low cost phone for lower cost workers....... Foxconn have it appears, become too expensive...

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Like throwing cryptonite at Superman, a game changer?

      Doubt that they will be cheaper or budget though, they are probably just going going to market a small phone rather than joining the suitcase size fashion for bigger phones. Not everyone like a big phone and fashion, as they say goes in circles....

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        "Not everyone like(s) a big phone and fashion, as they say goes in circles...."

        Yeah, because no one is as "innovative" as they think. Those who do are too young to realise because they have yet to experience that.

        I can see a cheaper iTosh being popular in china/india as they want to be seen with western tech. They too will be deluded into thinking that the iTosh embues them with a "fashionista" tag. (Though I don't know why anyone would want to be seen as a fashionista, it just dates you.) Its only their religious/cultural choice which stops them from adopting our consumerish ways.

  2. Mitoo Bobsworth

    Apple doing budget?

    Genuinely surprised! Now let's see how the rumour spins out.

    (And yes, I do own some Apple kit amongst my tech.)

  3. Grubby

    Brand devaluation

    With the exception of the iPod, Apple make devices that are in a class of their own. That's not a fanboy comment that they're better, they just present themselves as being the Ferrari of their industry. The apple symbol, like the horse is designed to represent quality and class. There's a reason Ferrari don't sell a budget car for everyone, it would take away from what the badge represents. They reach out to the wider market with Fiat, Alfa, Dodge etc.

    O2 have GiffGaff, AOL has TalkTalk, all the same companies with different 'faces' for different target markets. It takes a very special kind of company to pull off being a 'one brand fits all' and it really has to have been the aim from the start, it's easier starting with an 'every day' range and then introducing a premium range as you have something to add at a premium, you are only able to take away if you're to go the other way round. Take away too much and no-one will bother buying the new item and it will damage the brand as something with their logo on is widely seen as being rubbish, don't take away enough and people who bought the 'premium' version feel robbed and the brand is damaged because it becomes very obvious that they've been ripping off for years with a fairly average product that they could have been selling for much less.

    I wouldn't want to see any company that employs thousands of people die out so I say good luck, but I'll stick with my Android device for now.

    1. Jamie Jones Silver badge

      Re: Brand devaluation

      O2 have GiffGaff, AOL has TalkTalk,

      You mean Talk-Talk has AOL!

    2. tomban

      Re: Brand devaluation

      Except, every man and his dog, from council flat to mansion, has an iPhone.

      Only truly successful people own super cars.

    3. Nifty Silver badge

      Re: Brand devaluation

      Apple should try to be like VW - classless, not necessarily always cheap and an icon of quality.

      Porsche for example, will always remain a cottage industry in size when it comes to brand.

  4. BornToWin

    I'm sure Tim Cook needs another bonus

    Ya know $700 million annual compensation just doesn't go as far as it use to... If those Chinese slaves would just work 16 hours per day, 6 days a week instead of just 14 hours per day, then Timmy could get another $700 M or larger annual bonues. I hope there is a Hell and that all who exploit humans end up in Hell for eternity. I'm guessing maybe Bill Gates will be there to great the newbies.

    1. Simon 11

      Re: I'm sure Tim Cook needs another bonus

      "... I'm guessing maybe Bill Gates will be there to great the newbies."

      Umm, sad attempt at trolling, or do you honestly not know about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which spends Billions of dollars annually on grants and charitable donations, in order to combat things such as poverty, disease, poor education?

      1. Justice

        Re: I'm sure Tim Cook needs another bonus

        ...and Bills 500,000 ($23m) shares in Monsanto who are destroying the planet with their poisoned GM Crops.

        Yeah, he's a real stand up guy.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward


          "and Bills 500,000 ($23m) shares in Monsanto who are destroying the planet with their poisoned GM Crops."

          ...said the the scientifically-illiterate lefty with plenty to eat.

  5. snowweb

    So they've found a way to make it worse?

    I'm intrigued to find out how they will make an already diabolical product, worse (as 'Budget' iPhone) implies?

    What will they do, make the storage and battery built-in so that you can't change them or upgrade them? Leave out the standard 3.5mm jack so people can't connect it to their standard speaker system or headset? Or maybe remove some features, like maps, but they don't work anyway from the reports I've heard!

    Maybe they'll just produce the budget phones in an unpopular colour and reduce the price to a more reasonable level, for what many would already consider - an extortionately priced budget phone.

    1. David W4

      Re: So they've found a way to make it worse?

      Of course, the case. Plastic?

  6. Jonathan 29

    I doubt Apple are just going to make a plastic iPhone with less functionality. It is after all hard to imagine what they could leave off. GPS and cameras are so standardised now it would be odd not to include them. I rather suspect that just like the shuffle and nano, they will seek to completely redesign the phone into a new form factor. Cheaper, but with the same mass appeal. If this turns out to be the watch or iPhone nano I will not be surprised.

  7. Philleywoo

    Budget iPhone?

    If the rumours do pan out and they do begin to offer low-cost / budget models then I'm sure Steve will be turning in his grave!

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