The “cheaper iPhone” or “budget iPhone” rumors have been skyrocketing, after taking off exponentially late December, and it seems that iLounge is adding fuel to the fire. iLounge is now reporting that the cheaper iPhone will have a design form-factor that is similar to the iPhone 5, iPod touch and iPod classic all in one device.
iLounge has also posted a few mockup diagrams, which show the bottom of the device, which now has a smooth surface, with a headphone jack, Lightning port, and 4 small speaker grills. Another photo has a device looking identical to the iPhone 5, despite having a few cosmetic differences. The final photo shows an enhanced side of a cheaper iPhone, has an iPod touch style look, with a raised screen. Although the following photos are mockups, they are based off of numerous reports:
Here’s the scoop from iLounge:
Apple’s budget housing looks closest to the iPod classic in shape, though not in materials. Unlike the plastic iPhone 3G/3GS, which featured soft curves on all sides, the budget iPhone’s curves start and end at flat surfaces, so each side and the back are flat. This seems like a trivial change, until you realize that it allows Apple to use flat rather than curve-matched parts: the right side has a flat, centered SIM card tray just like the iPhone 5’s, while all of the buttons and ports are on flat rather than curved surfaces. A flat-backed iPhone won’t rock on a flat surface when it vibrates, either.
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