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First Alleged Component of Budget iPhone Surfaces [IMAGE]

There have been many ongoing rumors regarding the existence of a low-cost iPhone. In fact, we've been hearing talks about the budget iPhone prior to the iPhone 4S. It is widely believed that in order to penetrate developing markets, the Cupertino outfit is planning to launch an entry-level iPhone. However, there is always the argument "Apple doesn't do cheap" that most naysayers believe. Now according to a new report, alleged components of the budget iPhone is making the rounds over the web.

Budget iPhone Concept Design

The folks over at the prominent Japanese blog Macotakara have gotten their hands on the first physical evidence of what seems to be components of the rumored budget iPhone. These particular components is a ribbon cable with a dual-head vibration motor, along with other components. The component is allegedly from an unseen and unreleased model of the iPhone and was obtained by iLab Factory. It was speculated that since that it's a dual-head vibration design, it is a strong indication that these parts could be for the budget iPhone and unlikely for Apple's flagship handset.

Budget iPhone Vibration Motor

In comparison, in iFixit's teardown of the iPhone 5, it was discovered that the device utilizes a single-head rotational vibration motor coupled with a counterweight. Apple has opted to use a different, quieter linear oscillating vibrator from the iPhone 4S. It is unclear why Macotakara believes that a dual-head vibration motor is cheaper than the single-head design. It is probable that since the dual-head design may take up more space, it could be used in a thicker, cheaper model of the iPhone.

So here's another report that adds credence to the existence of the budget iPhone. It is widely believed that this low-cost iPhone will launch alongside Apple's next flagship model, the rumored iPhone 5S. Now the question when we talk about "cheaper", just how affordable will this entry-level iPhone be? [via AppleInsider]

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