Apple getting its teeth into China with low cost iPhone?

Technology giant Apple could be looking to make headway into emerging markets, with reports indicating that the firm could be prepping a low-cost iPhone 4 for launch in Asia. The new model is reportedly being manufactured by Asian vendors, and features an 8-GB flash drive.

Two major Chinese operators – market leader China Mobile and number three China Telecom – are believed to have expressed interest in the cut-price iPhone, which is likely to be unveiled alongside the much-anticipated iPhone 5.

Bonnie Chang, an analyst at Yuanta Securities, stated: "Apple may want to push into the emerging market segment, where customers want to switch to low- to mid-end smartphones from high-end feature phones, which usually cost US$150 to US$200."

Apple has not thus far confirmed whether it is indeed manufacturing a cut-price iPhone, nor has it identified the suppliers that it would use if it were. Currently, the flash drives used by Apple are manufactured by Samsung and Toshiba.

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