Yes, it was a slow news day, and when that happens at ZDNet the tech writers reach into their bag of tricks and resurrect the impossible in a vain attempt to make it real. Adrian Kingsley-Hughes:
Apple’s cheapest iPhone currently on sale is the 32GB iPhone 7, which retails for $449. While this seems like a reasonable deal — especially when you consider that Apple’s most premium iPhone tops out at a whopping $1,449 — it’s a lot of money for old hardware.
Old, yes, but powerful when compared to Android smartphones at the same price, plus it runs the latest iOS version and will for years to come. Android mid-range phones don’t have that luxury.
$400 is now a lot of money for a budget smartphone, and if Apple wants to combat falling sales it would make sense to slash this starting price down to a more reasonable $299.
Of course, most smartphone makers are in the throes of falling sales, but Apple and Samsung are the only ones that make money. Will we see a $299 iPhone SE?