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  • Images of Supposed Low-Cost iPhone Back Panel Surface


    A pair of recently released pictures show a plastic back panel with a Lightning connector, which suggests that the component could be from a pre-release build of Apple’s rumored low-cost iPhone. The pictures come from a Chinese micro-blogging site, Sina Weibo and were highlighted by the folks at Apple.Pro. They show a rare panel that appears to be slightly thicker than the iPhone 5 with a curved back similar to the ones found on the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS.

    The part seems like it’s made of plastic and one picture seems to show a Lightning connector inserted into the bottom of the case. The authenticity of the images is unknown but the design does match up with rumored expectations for Apple’s low-cost iPhone. Aside from the apparent inclusion of space for a Lightning cable, the part lacks any identifiable labels that would help indicate that the component is built by Apple, making it easy to fabricate.

    The plastic back panel is black, which does seem to contradict earlier rumors suggesting that Apple would only be offering its high-end models in black. Instead, the previous report mentioned that the low-cost model would be available in an array of colors, offering a selection beyond the current black and white options. The low-cost iPhone is still rumored to launch later this year. It’s believed that this new model is intended to counter cheaper Android-based smartphones that are sold without a contract subsidy, allowing Apple to address a new market segment in which it doesn’t currently compete in.

    We’ll have to see if the pictures are accurate by waiting until we have more concrete information.

    Source: Sina Weibo via Apple.Pro
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Images of Supposed Low-Cost iPhone Back Panel Surface started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      What? Plastic? Wont that automatically make it a piece of poop or does that only apply to Samsung products?
    1. rickuk's Avatar
      rickuk -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheOrioles33 View Post
      What? Plastic? Wont that automatically make it a piece of poop or does that only apply to Samsung products?
      According to most people here that only applies to Samsung, Apple will use magical plastic which will be so much superior
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheOrioles33 View Post
      What? Plastic? Wont that automatically make it a piece of poop or does that only apply to Samsung products?
      you never had a 3G or 3Gs then
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rickuk View Post
      According to most people here that only applies to Samsung, Apple will use magical plastic which will be so much superior
      Lol
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      you never had a 3G or 3Gs then
      3G and 3GS back panel was made out of hybrid of zirconia and yttrium. I mean it was plastic but I guess we can call it a magical plastic.

      Regardless we can't compare a $640 Galaxy S4 flimsy plastic back panel with a low cost iPhone back panel.

      We'll just have to see how cheap it looks and feels, or not.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      yep still plastic and it still gets scuffed easily
    1. fanboyfanboy's Avatar
      fanboyfanboy -
      I feel like apple won't even release this to places like the US and Europe, and will only launch it in India and china.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheOrioles33 View Post
      What? Plastic? Wont that automatically make it a piece of poop or does that only apply to Samsung products?
      Well isn't that the point of a cheap phone?
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      Well isn't that the point of a cheap phone?
      You know that S4 costs $640, right?
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      You know that S4 costs $640, right?
      Yes I know but I'm talking about apples cheap phone. It would have to be plastic as the second poster was wondering why it was plastic. Appl wouldn't make it any other way for a "cheap phone" but then again i don't wanna talk about the 4 or the 4s
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      Yes I know but I'm talking about apples cheap phone. It would have to be plastic as the second poster was wondering why it was plastic. Appl wouldn't make it any other way for a "cheap phone" but then again i don't wanna talk about the 4 or the 4s
      Got it.
    1. Torinate's Avatar
      Torinate -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheOrioles33 View Post
      What? Plastic? Wont that automatically make it a piece of poop or does that only apply to Samsung products?
      Nobody I know wants a worse phone. We all want a better one that will compete with the best.
    1. shigh's Avatar
      shigh -
      Am i wrong in hearing "for emerging markets" and instantly thinking that its not referencing the US? And my 3gs was a great phone. Dropped it countless times as well as having it slid across my tile floor on more than one occasion. It still works. Great phone imo
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      I bet it's scuffed though
    1. Nerd's Avatar
      Nerd -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheOrioles33 View Post
      What? Plastic? Wont that automatically make it a piece of poop or does that only apply to Samsung products?
      We call that is Isung.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      I bet it's scuffed though
      My iPhone 3G dropped from my lap to asphalt when I was getting out my car. I tried to slow down the impact with my leg and it slid 20 feet face down. I swear to God, not one scratch. I bought a lottery ticket the same day but didn't win.

      This was back in 09.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      dropped my 3Gs once scuffs everywhere on the back

      Edit: I think they should just keep selling the older iDevices, no need to make a brand new, cheap version
    1. slickric's Avatar
      slickric -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheOrioles33 View Post
      does that only apply to Samsung products?
      nope, it would be sh!t. hate plastic phones.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      dropped my 3Gs once scuffs everywhere on the back

      Edit: I think they should just keep selling the older iDevices, no need to make a brand new, cheap version
      3G with 128 mb ram won't be able to run poop.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      who said anything about the 3G, I'm on about 3Gs and up, maybe even ditch the 3Gs