Apple ‘may release cheaper iPhone in 2014’

Apple may release a cheaper iPhone in 2014, making the popular handset affordable to more consumers around the world, Gene Munster believes.

The American manufacturer's products are known for being high-end and therefore, relatively expensive.

While the latest iPhone 5 handset is priced at $799 on the company's website, customers can usually purchase the device for much less through a mobile operator contract.

Networks like Telstra and Vodafone will contribute to the price in order to attract customers and recuperate costs through data charges.

However, carriers will not subsidise the expense in countries like China, so Mr Munster believes that Apple will release a more low-cost handset in order to penetrate these markets, Business Insider reports.

According to Kantar Worldpanel data, iOS has just 18.6 per cent market share in urban China, compared to 23.2 per cent in Australia.

Gadget lovers looking to get their hands on a more affordable Apple product could consider buying an older handset, like the iPhone 4S.

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