Anuradha ShettyJul 01, 2013 13:47:43 IST
Talks of a cheaper iPhone have been circulating for a while now despite there being no confirmation from Apple of its plans. French gadget blog Nowhereelse has posted images of a bright green back panel with the Apple logo and "iPhone" etched on it, indicating that it may belong to the low-cost phone that the company is reportedly making – also called the iPhone 5S and iPhone Mini. The post clarifies at the beginning itself that the images (see below) could well be that of a Chinese look alike and therefore urges readers to exercise caution when viewing them.
Bright green...really Apple?
While only time will tell if it indeed is the low-cost iPhone in the pictures, an earlier report had indicated that Apple is considering bringing cheaper models of the iPhone, in different colours.
The site adds that the outer case may not have been designed as a single unit. It says that "the hull itself and the panel on which the various internal components of the device will be attached are two distinct elements." The placement of the multiple attachment points of the phone’s internal components such as the motherboard and the connection port Lightning is roughly similar to that of the iPhone 5.
The inside of the shell
Considering how much the word “premium” has grown to become synonymous with iDevices, there has been a great deal of excitement surrounding this "rumoured” product.
Recently, sources, even those in the supply chain in Asia, told Reuters that Apple is looking to bring at least two iPhones next year with larger displays – a 4.7-inch one and one with a 5.7-inch display. In fact, sources told Reuters that suppliers were approached with plans for those iPhones. That said, they have stressed that it is yet to be confirmed whether the company will actually launch its iPhone with bigger displays.
One source said, "They constantly change product specifications almost to the final moment, so you're not really sure whether this is the final prototype."
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