Cheaper Apple iPhone might have U.S. built chassis and see-through design

Cheaper Apple iPhone might have U.S. built chassis and see-through design
Grab some grains of salt. Actually, you had better take some large canisters of the stuff because you will need to take this story with as much salt as you can handle.According to DigiTimes, the on-again, off-again, low priced version of the Apple iPhone is on once again. Sources from the upstream supply chain for Apple are saying that the low-cost version of the Apple iPhone will have a plastic chassis instead of the aluminum and glass that the Apple iPhone 5 is made of. The supplier of this chassis is alleged to be a US-based electronic manufacturing service provider.

Another rumor has the chassis for the low-priced Apple iPhone being made from plastic and metal while a "special design" will allow the metal parts from the inside of the phone to be seen through the see-through nature of the chassis. The sources say that the upstream components are currently being validated and the low-price variant of the Apple iPhone is expected to launch in the second half of this year.

source: DigiTimes

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25 Comments

1. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Cheap Apple With the premium price, we get "peace" hardware specs. SO if we get cheaper price, we may get "please" hardware specs?

17. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Forget about that!! Apple's about to bring a naked iPhone...i'm hearing the ring of the word 'innovation' already. And not to forget "Time's design of the year" award already nominated for it. But seriously? Plastic chassis?? That's like drop-crack-pieces...

18. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

There will not be any cheaper iPhone because its against Apple's religion.

2. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

I think it's a longer iPhone 3G(S)

15. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

no, it will be same screen size... but revamped and revolutionary... magical... all those bulls**t ^_^

3. blackice214

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

How about you save your money and buy an Xperia Z.

5. ckoch125

Posts: 192; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Because this will prob be half the rice of the z. It is aimed at emerging markets.

8. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Emerging markets have far better options than this upcoming crap because emerging markets is all about larger screens.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 30693; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

There's to a phone than the screen size. Lets just wait n see. There may not even b one dude

24. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

But in the segment that's being called "Cheap" it's the screen size that does matter as everyone wants to get screens as big as note or SIII even if it comes from zopomobiles they don't care provided it's priced < $250 (no contracts here)

14. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

idk Sony was Great And still ok but not that Great than before This is the fact And you know Sony did many things what Apple has been doing now For example Very Expensive arrogant products with not anymore surprized normal products Now Sony has been changing the thing I can feel that but they cant make me buy their stuffs I really dont know There is somethig missing...

4. ckoch125

Posts: 192; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

So it will have specs lower than the 3GS how are they going to update it? I can only imagine the fanboys crying if it doesn't get updated and the fragmentation coming out.nthen again it would just be a watered down version like the 4 and 3GS got.

6. wendygarett unregistered

I guess it's only available in US since it's US based, and Apple will never produce much cheap phone for us like what nexus 4 did... Lucky American... Sad :(

7. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I thini this is good for Apple. I hope Apple does well and they stop their Monopoly ways and holding back innovation. Once Apple drops more and people start switching more and more to Android, we will all say hello to NFC in a much larger scale in the US. Remember what I said people. I will come back to say I told you so^^^

9. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Cmon Apple Wake up!

10. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

well, there you go. the elitist company offers cheap, plastic phones. the irony of it all.

19. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

iNNOVATIVE Ironic (Plastic) Phones & Iconic (Metal) Phones. Expect few patents on Plastic now.

11. quawy2013

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 14, 2013

Who cares

12. thunderbolt

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

Is Apple going to compete against Asha & Bipasha phones of Nokia with these rumoured plastic phones? See throug? Reminds me of something else ...

13. tiara6918

Posts: 2262; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

The "see-through nature of the chassis" might make the cheaper iPhone look like a toy or a cheap knock-off

16. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

Hmmm..cheap apple phone probably will have 2010 specs ....

20. Ameliahunter

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

Didn't Apple say they weren't going to release any cheap iPhones? I thought I read that somewhere...

23. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Cheap phones.... No. They like to think of them as "Value Phones".

22. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

My favorite color is clear!!! :D *licks window*

25. jsdechavez

Posts: 783; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Cheaper iPhone: DOESN'T HAVE A CASE! haha

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