The follow-up rumours of the recent WSJ reveal “cheaper iPhone” have started appearing. According to a report in Digitimes, Apple might replace the metal chassis with a plastic one to cut costs in the cheaper iPhone. In addition, it also states that a US-based electronic manufacturing service (EMS) provider is likely to provide this plastic chassis for the cheaper iPhone.
Even the WSJ report, which recently revealed Apple’s inexpensive iPhone plans, had claimed that cheaper phone could resemble the standard iPhone, with a different, less-expensive body. It also added that one possibility is polycarbonate plastic; however it could get it confirmed from any source.
Apart from the plastic body, Digitimes has some interesting rumours, it suggests that entry-level iPhone will adopt a chassis mixed with plastic and metal, with the internal metal parts being able to be seen from outside through special design. Apple Insider however thinks that it is unlikely that Apple is go for this so-called “see-through” design, as the company had worked hard to fight light leakage with the white iPhone 4 that negatively affected the unit’s camera and same might happen with the cheaper iPhone.
Coming back to the Digitimes, it also notes that upstream components for the entry-level iPhone are currently going through validation and the actual product may show up in the market in the second half of 2013. Means, we might see it around October, the usual iPhone launch schedule, but considering the iPhone 5s is rumoured to release in June, cheaper iPhone debut in October makes sense.
While, there has been no real evidence of this cheaper iPhone, but considering how Apple went with iPad Mini, we wouldn’t be surprised to actually see the cheaper iPhone.
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