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