“Low cost” iPhone is indeed set to be released later this year according to a reliable source. This is in relation with the reports that Apple has three different phones in development.
Since early January rumors have been circulating about a cheaper iPhone that will be possibly called as “iPhone 5S” or “iPhone 6”. The rumors began when a lot of reports from supply chain sources and even major US news sites like The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg had an eye about the new iPhone development. The development is said to be targeted towards lower-income, emerging markets like China and India.
This next-gen iOS were detailed by iLounge editor-in-chief Jeremy Horwitz followed up on his last exposé of what he calls the “budget iPhone”, allegedly it will look like the iPhone 5 but feature several new design elements and tweaks.
“Yes, it will be made substantially from plastic,” Horwitz wrote, echoing an earlier report from DigiTimes that said the iPhone 5S or 6 would feature a hybrid chassis made of both plastic and metal. “No, it won’t just be a Retina- and Lightning-equipped refresh of the iPhone 3G or 3GS, Apple’s last plastic iPhones, nor will it look just like an all-plastic version of the iPhone 5. This new model is actually a cross between the iPhone 5, fifth- generation iPod touch, and… wait for it… the iPod classic. Yes, really. It will have a 4” screen, like the iPhone 5, a bottom like the latest iPod touch, and a shape that’s most similar to the iPod classic.”
The new iPhone’s internal parts could “be seen from the outside through a special design; if this turned out to be true, the finished design for the “iPhone 6″ might look like an iPhone 5 mixed with the plastic enclosure of the iPhone 3GS from 2009, mixed with the final design for the “Bondi blue” iMac in 1998, which was characterized by its brightly colored, translucent plastic casing, letting users see the inside of their desktop computer for the first time, according to the original DigiTimes report.
The new low-cost iPhone 5S or 6 is said to feature nearly identical specs to the iPhone 5, but “a half-millimeter taller and a half-millimeter wider,” according to Horwitz, as well as a full millimeter thicker. But iLounge noted that the biggest design change in this cheaper iPhone will be the curves.
“Apple’s budget housing looks closest to the iPod classic in shape, though not in materials,” Horwitz said. “Unlike the plastic iPhone 3G/3GS, which featured soft curves on all sides, the budget iPhone’s curves start and end at flat surfaces, so each side and the back are flat. This seems like a trivial change, until you realize that it allows Apple to use flat rather than curve-matched parts: the right side has a flat, centered SIM card
tray just like the iPhone 5’s, while all of the buttons and ports are on flat rather than curved surfaces. A flat-backed iPhone won’t rock on a flat surface when it vibrates, either.”
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