Apple Inc is working on a cheaper version of its popular iPhone that could be released in 2013, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
The device could resemble the existing iPhone, but might use less expensive materials, such as a shell made of polycarbonate plastic, according to the report, which cited anonymous sources.
Apple could decide not to move forward with the lower-end iPhone, the report noted.
The product would represent the first time Apple has diversified its line of smartphones with significantly different models since launching the original iPhone in 2007. The company faces pressure from rival smartphone-makers such as Samsung Electronics Co LTD whose products use Google Inc's
Apple declined to comment on the report.
Shares of Apple, which closed Tuesday's regular trading session at USD 525.31, are down 25.5 percent from their 52-week high of USD 705.07 in September.