APPLE'S next iPhone could cost as little as £399 – making it the cheapest model in years.
The tech giant is reportedly planning to unveil the new 'iPhone 9' in March at a major event currently being kept secret.
Experts and reputable industry leakers have been promising a cheap new iPhone in March for months.
The handset is expected to be smaller than recent models, borrowing the classic 4.7-inch iPhone 8 design.
Prices of top iPhone models have ballooned in recent years, making them unaffordable for users on a budget.
But Fast Company now says the new iPhone 9 will cost just £399 at launch, citing insiders.
The price of your iPhone has steadily been rising, with top models now costing close to £1,500.
Rumours of a cheap Apple handset designed to woo cash-strapped customers have been circulating for months.
Bloomberg recently reported that production on the handset is about to go ahead.
The handset is expected to ditch the iPhone 11's all-screen design for an iPhone 8-style look.
This includes a Touch ID fingerprint scanner and a dinky 4.7-inch screen.
That's significantly smaller than the 5.8-inch to 6.5-inch panels on 2019's round of iPhones.
However, the mysterious gadget – rumoured as the 'iPhone 9' – looks unlikely to feature Face ID facial recognition tech.
Apple is expected to unveil the new iPhone at its annual product even in March.
It'll also be the first "cheap" Apple mobile since the iPhone SE in 2016.
The iPhone SE was a hugely popular model that cost just £359, and had a tiny 4-inch display.
But the new 'iPhone 9' is more likely to have a curvy design, rather than borrowing the iPhone SE's blocky look.
Excitingly, it's also mooted to run on the same powerful A13 chip featured in the new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.
Late last year, renowned industry watcher Ming-Chi Kuo also foretold of a cheap iPhone in 2020.
The respected analyst has predicted almost every major Apple launch to date, and expects Apple to sell 20-30million of the new handsets this year.
Importantly, Kuo predicted that the phone would cost $399.
In the UK, this would likely translate to around £399-£429, based on Apple's current pricing structures.
But Apple hasn't confirmed that any such gadget exists, so take this latest prediction with due caution.
Worryingly, just last month The Sun revealed how the iPhone 9 could potentially be delayed by the Wuhan coronavirus crisis.
Speaking to The Sun, top analyst Dan Ives warned that this poses major issues for Apple – who manufactures iPhones in China.
"The coronavirus outbreak has created a potential complex logistics issue for iPhone production which needs to ramp up in February to hit its goals," said Dan, of Wedbush Securities.
"The next few weeks are pivotal as if the virus outbreak is not contained it could push out iPhone production in China which is now becoming an investor concern."
According to Japan's Nikkei news agency, Apple has ordered 65million units of existing iPhones – and 15million units of a new model expected in March.
That's an additional 8million units compared to the same period last year, according to GF Securities.
"This year is much busier than last year," one industry insider told Nikkei.
Suppliers are now reportedly worried about the outbreak of coronavirus, which began in China's Hubei province.
The area is near to the Henan and Guangdong provinces, which are home to major Apple suppliers.
More than 100 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in those areas.
"The [coronavirus] situation in China could affect the planned production schedule," one supply chain executive whose trip to China was postponed told Nikkei.
Apple has not confirmed any iPhone release for March publicly.
In other news, Apple may preparing to launch four new iPhone 12 models later this year.
The iPhone 12 could be the thinnest ever thanks to new screen technology.
And the new phone could also see through mist and fog thanks to rumoured 'Spectral Edge' camera integration.
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