Case allegedly for low-cost Apple iPhone appears on video with rounded edges, thicker frame

Case allegedly for low-cost Apple iPhone appears on video with rounded edges, thicker frame
A case produced for the rumored low-cost Apple iPhone has appeared from a company in Japan called MGM Corp. A video of the case shows it having rounded corners and a thicker frame as opposed to the squarer corners and thin footprint of the Apple iPhone 5. The case for the low-priced model is said to be 2mm thicker than the case for the current version of Apple's iconic smartphone, which is part of the reason why the video shows that the MGM case does not fit the Apple iPhone 5.

In the last few weeks, more information about a cheaper iPhone model has leaked, making it seem more likely that such a device exists. This variant of the Apple iPhone would be intended for emerging markets where consumers would rather not get tied up with a two-year pact. Buyers would have a wide variety of color options similar to what is available for the latest version of the Apple iPod touch. The latest report has the low-cost model being produced by Pegatron.

The Cupertino based manufacturer is expected to introduce the next iteration of the Apple iPhone late in the third quarter. For some time now, we have expected an incremental update for a model known as the Apple iPhone 5S, offering a faster A7 processor, an improved camera sensor, NFC support and a fingerprint scanner. With the new AirDrop feature in iOS 7, which allows iPhone owners in the same room to share files, videos and music wirelessly, perhaps NFC is not as necessary as it was thought to be before.

According to investment banking firm Credit Suisse, the low-cost version of the Apple iPhone could have 3G connectivity, 8GB of native storage, and would be priced off-contract at $329. It is not known if this model would be introduced and launched at the same time as the Apple iPhone 5S.

source: YouTube, Macotakara (translated) via AppleInsider

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  • Storage 64 GB
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1. wendygarett unregistered

If you know Apple well, nfc will never been on Apple dictionary, and the where'll proves that, not sure about fingerprint, but one thing I know that there will no 4g lte on low cost Apple device :)

16. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Why you need nfc If you have Airdrop? NFC would have no use because I don't think they will never allow us to share our files with any other phones except iPhones.

2. waterninja21

Posts: 28; Member since: May 03, 2013

Maybe it is just a rounded iPhone case and has nothing to do with a low cost iPhone

3. Hallucinator

Posts: 390; Member since: May 24, 2010

it looks like a 3gs case

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

now why would anyone want a budget iPhone ? ..they will just get the 4S or the iphone 4 for free* (contract or reduced price) ..if Apple was all about premium stuff ,why release a poor mans version ...thats like lamborghini making a affordable hatchback

5. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

now apple always made the ipod touch and they called it as an iphone without the one said that it was not a premium device or something... the budget iphone is like the ipod touch with a phone...

14. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

That doesn't make sense. If the ipod touch is an iphone without the phone, then an ipod touch with the phone would iphone. The difference between an iphone and a budget iphone would mean they would have to eliminate some of the premium features of the regular iphone. Like build materials, lower resolution screen, slower cpu/gpu. The ipod touch has always been built exactly the same as the iphone, just minus the cellular radios. If you add in the cellular radios, you get a regular iphone, not a budget one.

20. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

the iphone has always had better specs than the ipod touch... the lower spec ipod touch with a phone is the budget iphone... apple never offered the same specs on the ipod touch and the iphone...they were identical to each other but the iphone has always had better specs...

21. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

About the only difference other than the radios is the camera (5mp on the ipod touch 5G vs 8mp on the iphone5) and video recording (720p on the itouch5g vs 1080p on the ip5). Considering there is around a $300 price difference between the two, that's an expensive camera. And I'm not talking subsidized pricing since 1. The itouch can't be subsidized, & 2. Many places other than the US don't subsidize phones. So they have to cut corners elsewhere.

22. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

don't forget the other differences like bigger battery, double the ram (512 vs 1gb)(but the budget iphone could come with 1gb ram but we can't guarantee that),a newer and more powerful processor...but the itouch5g does 1080p, who told you that it doesn't?... so,these are the differences between the ipod touch and the iphone... the budget iphone may not have glonass, it will not have lte, just like the nexus 4 now with so many differences, how can the ipod touch and the iphone be the same...and apple won't mind getting lesser profits on each phone, the profit margin would be lesser, just like the ipad mini and many other ipods

23. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

iphone 5s would have 13mp camera, bigger battery, 1gb ram, a7 processor, lte , glonass, bigger battery, it will get the latest updates for around 4 years... the itouch6g could have a 5 or 8mp camera, 512mb or 1gb ram, a6 processor, relatively smaller battery, but with good battery life, it will get the latest updates for around 3 years...and these are the expected specs for the budget iphone as well, with the addition of a cellular radio and gps(no glonass)... the main reason for making this device is to increase their marketshare in non american countries where the iphones cost more than $900 (16gb) the budget iphone could cost around $399 or $449 in those that is a huge difference for those markets.

10. g2a5b0e unregistered

You're only thinking in terms of the North American business model of pricing on contract. Sure, here you can get the 4S cheap or the 4 for free on contract, but in most other countries, phones aren't sold that way. They're sold for they're full retail value. And in those countries, previous iterations of the iPhone are still expensive compared to other phones. The point of a low cost iPhone would be to appeal mostly to people in those markets.

6. k4j98

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

iTouch with cellular? Take my money now!

7. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I wonder if the so called cheap iphone will run ios7? Cos iphone 4 gets it, but only with iradio and one other cheap feature i believe. If it doesn't have at least this much, then getting the iphone4 would be better than getting a cheap iphone new.

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

WOW..the background music was very unsettling !

9. trickster_qc

Posts: 107; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

If the '' low cost '' iphone cost 329$ off contract, it's gonna be a flop for sure You can have the Nexus 4 for 309$ right away. And it's as good if not better than the iphone 5.

11. bucky

Posts: 3778; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Yes but it's not an android that everyone wants.

12. trickster_qc

Posts: 107; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

that is true! just like it's not everybody who wants an iOS device. still, the fact is if the price point is 329$ it is way too expensive. simple as that.

13. bucky

Posts: 3778; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

That's a great price actually. How is it not?

15. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

If price is 329$ as mentioned. I will consider it.

17. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

8 GB $329.00 16 GB $429.00 32 GB $529.00 Always Apple.

18. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Low cost accesories? Or low cost iphone!!!

19. joey18

Posts: 666; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

what is the point i dont see if its for low cost iphone looks more iphone 5 case

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