According to the Wall Street Journal the seventh-generation iPhone will arrive in the second quarter of 2013 in a similar size and shape to the iPhone 5 and could be joined by a “ less expensive iPhone that could be launched as soon as the second half of this year”.
Citing sources “familiar with the device’s production” the lower-priced 4in iPhone will likely “use a different casing from the higher-end iPhone” WSJ said. ”Apple has been working on different colour shells for the phone but its plans remain unclear.”
The launch of the smartphone may be brought forward from last year’s September release date of the iPhone 5 to compete with the newly announced Samsung Galaxy S4.
However news that Apple’s iOS 7 release could be delayed, may hamper the Cupertino-based company’s ability to launch the newest iPhone early.