Foreign media: Apple's new low-cost iPhone starts to be assembled in February and is expected to be available in March

In the morning on January 22, Beijing time, people familiar with the matter revealed that Apple suppliers plan to begin assembling new low-cost iPhones in February because the company hopes to gain greater intelligence around the world before launching 5G phones later this year. Mobile phone market.

People familiar with the matter said that Apple is expected to officially launch this new phone as early as March. People familiar with the matter added that the assembly of the new phone will be shared by Hon Hai, Pegatron and Wistron.

This will be the first low-cost iPhone model since the iPhone SE. Earlier reports said that it will be similar to the iPhone 8 in 2017 and equipped with a 4.7-inch screen. The iPhone 8 is still on the market and currently costs $ 449, compared to $ 399 when Apple introduced the iPhone SE in 2016.

New phones are expected to have Touch ID built into the Home button, reusing this mature technology instead of choosing an under-screen fingerprint sensor like most modern Android phones. The phone does not support Face ID biometric authentication, but will use the same processor as Apple's current flagship device, the iPhone 11.

An Apple spokesman declined to comment.

It turns out that more affordable iPhones have been welcomed by consumers, including the latest iPhone 11, which starts at $ 50 less than a regular iPhone. Two people familiar with the matter said that the strong demand for the iPhone prompted Apple to ask Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturers to produce more chips this quarter.

According to reports, Apple plans to release a series of new high-end iPhones later in 2020 with built-in 5G modules, faster processors, and new rear 3D cameras.

Low-cost iPhones may help Apple gain a competitive advantage in emerging mobile phone markets where price competition is most intense and fast-growing, especially in India. The iPhone is still selling poorly in India, which is flooded with aggressively priced Android competitors, some of which sell for less than $ 200. Nonetheless, Apple Corps still intends to develop its own market segment and is looking for the location of Apple stores in the country.

Apple hopes that its mobile phone shipments will resume growth this year, and has set a goal of more than 200 million units by 2020. The successor to the iPhone SE will play an important role in this task. (Book 聿)