A budget iPhone could still be on the cards after Apple requested that a news story claiming that it would not manufacture a cheaper iPhone be revised.
In the revised version of an interview published last week in the Shanghai Evening News, the original quote from Apple’s marketing chief Phil Schiller, which said: ‘Despite the popularity of cheap smart phones, this will never be the future of Apple's products’ was replaced by a comment from the company saying it would focus on making ‘the best products’ for customers and ‘never blindly pursue market share.’
The story’s headline was also amended from ‘Apple will not push a cheaper smartphone for the sake of market share,' to 'Apple wants to provide the best products, will not blindly pursue market share.’
The changes to the story resurrected rumours this week that the manufacturer is intending to produce a cheaper iPhone or mini iPhone.
Reuters reported today that Apple confirmed the interview had taken place and that it had contacted the Chinese newspaper about amending its original article, but the manufacturer had no further comment and declined to provide a transcript of the interview.