Recently, we’ve been hearing an abundance of rumors of a cheaper iPhone coming to the market in 2013. While there was much controversy with the story, Phil Schiller’s interview last week at first stated that Apple is not working on such a device, but was then modified to remove any evidence to cheaper iPhone talk. Previously reported by the Wall Street Journal, this cheaper iPhone should debut in late 2013, with a redesigned body possibly made out of polycarbonate plastic.
Digitimes is now reporting on a rumor similar to the one aforementioned, also saying the rumored cheaper iPhone will be made out of plastic and metal, but with metal parts being able to be seen from the outside of the device.
However, other rumors are circulating that the entry-level iPhone will adopt a chassis mixed with plastic and metal, with the internal metal parts being able to be seen from outside through special design, the sources noted.
While we’ve already heard the rumor about the plastic body, it seems this report states that the cheaper 2013 iPhone will be translucent in some areas to show internal parts. This is something we’ve never seen Apple do with any product, unless of course if you count the iMac G3, which makes it a little hard to believe. The whole cheaper iPhone story is still in its early stages and until we see some leaked parts, or more information, we’ll continue to call it a rumor.
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