Purported images of “cheap” iPhone make an appearance

Purported images of “cheap” iPhone make an appearance
It is generally accepted that Apple will be making an affordable option for the iPhone available in developing markets this year. Apple took a chance by not playing ball with players like China Mobile, and iOS market share is stagnant in the two markets in Asia with the most growth potential, China and India.

So we have been hearing and reading rumors of a cheap iPhone coming off the assembly line to make iOS and all the i-things we do with them more accessible.

If these images are authentic, and since they are from two different sources we think they may be, we can see what are obvious design choices for the handset, most notably, plastic. The back plate harkens back to the days of the iPhone 3G. The edges look like a rubberized plastic. On the bottom is the Lighting cable plugged in and doing its thing along with a 3.5mm headset jack and a speaker.

It is difficult to be certain, but by the dimensions of the Lightning plug and the rest of the visible form factor, we figure the device will have a 4-inch display like its uptown cousin. The rest of the specifications of course are not known, but this may well be the beginning of a semi-steady flow of information based on the amount of leakage we saw with the iPhone 5.

via: GSM Insider


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65 Comments

65. jlim33

Posts: 18; Member since: May 30, 2013

Eww! I would not burn my money for this AWFUL product.

53. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

I am not going to debate whether this is real or fake.. But, it is funny how the upcoming mid-range iphone is being labeled as cheap iphone. Imagine some people going around with the more affordable model and friends with the regular iphone tease the person "oh look you got the CHEAP iphone."

54. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I understand what say, it is almost the same idea of what I have said in my comment #27. :) +1

45. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

looks the same like the iphone 3g

48. darkkjedii

Posts: 31797; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Please see post #47

42. moronman66

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

Any bets for this being just a case for the iPhone 5? Any takers?

32. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Don't understand the plastic hate, and it not being "apple". Did people forget the 2nd and 3rd generation iphones were plastic? Sheesh.

50. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Plastic will be premium once again after this.

30. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

"Apple took a chance by not playing ball with players like China Mobile, and iOS market share is stagnant in the two markets in Asia with the most growth potential, China and India." http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-iPhone-sales-up-fourfold-in-India_id43538 Let's go PA, get your stories straightened out... are the sales stagnant in India, or are they "up 400%"??? (Stuck at work over the weekend, just being a bit nit-picky.)

49. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

5 is stagnant 4S is up :)

29. Ruisleipä

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

It sure looks cheap enough.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31797; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Kinda like your profile pick. Wink...

62. Ruisleipä

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

darkkjedi pls

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31797; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I cannot wait till Monday the 10th. Me thinks apple is gonna shock, they've actually doubled down on security like Cook said, no leaks at all. I think it's gonna be big for their stock too. Should be a nice year for apple, and tech as a whole. Red thumbs galore for the Jedi in 3... 2... 1...

22. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

Same here, dark. But I don't really think that an iPhone launch is on it's way, excited for the MacBook Air's Haswell upgrade though!

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31797; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sadly no, the iPhone launch will come in fall :((((

31. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

lol, I forgot to mention the most important launch -- iOS 7!

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31797; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

17. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

The expensive iPhone comes with so many limitations i just hope the cheap one can make calls atleast.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31797; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Stupid post. Bash with smarts please.

16. illusionmist

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

Even if the devices are the real deal, they're at least both in a protective case. That's why it looks like crap.

15. alanaldo

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

wow great plastic !

12. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

I just wonder what is Apple's definition of a "cheap" iPhone. I don't think Apple users would buy it unless the price is around where the Nexus 4 devices are currently at.

27. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I'm pretty sure that any cheap Apple phone or tablet won't be popular! Because people who loves to show off won't buy cheap device even if it has Apple logo on it! Why? Because according to this kind of Apple lovers - CHEAP IS NOT COOL! Other people who loves technologies also won't buy it because I'm pretty sure that cheap Apple phone will be even more boring and outdated than usual iPhone. That's why I think that any cheap iPhone or iPad will be Apple fail. ;)

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31797; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ok thanx for your observation... Next

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31797; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That actually looks sweet, like a throwback to the iphone 3G. Hurry up apple, WWDC. I wanna see some stuff Cook.

21. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

Dark, I think this one's fake. Somebody just inserted a lightning cable into a piece of plastic to have fun, lol.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31797; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Could be, but the look is cool.

46. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

looks the same like the iphone 3g

47. darkkjedii

Posts: 31797; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Shhhhhhhhhh... Non apple haters are conversing. Your negativity is draining, be gone.

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