Report: Apple putting low-cost iPhone and iPhone 5S plans into motion

It seems all anyone can talk about is Apple product gossip - fuelled by new rumours about a low-cost iPhone, the "iPhone 5S," and the fifth-generation iPad.

Japanese news site Macotakara on Friday reported details about possible upcoming devices, suggesting that Apple's long-rumoured cheap iPhone may come in a variety of colours and will begin trial production soon.

Citing two unnamed sources, Macotakara suggested colours for the discount iPhone may include navy, gold-orange, white, and grey, or possibly white, pink, green, blue, and yellow-orange. The common thread: It will not come in the traditional black option.

Despite ongoing rumours of a low-cost iPhone targeted at emerging markets, Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said in January that the Cupertino-based company "will not blindly pursue market share."

Still, Makotakara claimed that a field test production of the cheaper device will begin in June, followed by volume production in July ahead of a September launch.

At the same time, Apple is likely working on the follow-up to last year's iPhone 5, which some market watchers have nicknamed the "iPhone 5S." This device is also being tipped by the Japanese tech site as coming in multiple colours, including the original black and white, as well as gold and green. It is expected to feature the same basic hardware design as Apple's current handset, but is rumoured to also sport a dual-LED flash and a circular rear microphone hole, placed between the camera and the flash.

Meanwhile, Makotakara also served up some sparse rumours about the fifth-generation iPad, providing little detail beyond suggesting an extra microphone that has supposedly appeared in iPad 5 case prototypes.

One of the best things Apple could do to boost its phone lineup, though, is to make it more accident-proof. A recent MarketWatch report points to high iPhone 5 repairability costs — the most for any iPhone to date.

The skyrocketing costs come along with the phone's more expensive components, MarketWatch said. This despite the fact that the iPhone 5's screen is actually easier to fix than the iPhone 4, according to independent fix-it firm iCracked.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said in April that the company will not release any new gadgets until autumn, but the company is expected to unveil its next-generation iOS 7 mobile operating system during June's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.