FCC Markings Visible in New Pic of 'Plastic iPhone'
Call it what you will - "Plastic iPhone," "iPhone Lite," "Cheap iPhone," etc. - but one thing is becoming increasingly clear. The long-rumored forthcoming entry-level iPhone may arrive soon. And the latest images, which portray legally required FCC markings on the next-gen device, suggest Apple's production of the new iPhone is rolling along at a steady pace.
On the heels of a recent video
highlighting the plastic shell of the device (which largely compared the plastic iPhone to various elements of design observed across iPod touch and iPhone models dating back to the 3GS), these new images first emerged on the Chinese site Weibo this morning.
Earlier this month, documents leaked to the web revealed that the iPhone supposedly pictured above has now entered the mandatory engineering verification processes that must be completed before release. If legitimate, the new shots could be taken as a sign that the plastic-encased version of Apple's touchscreen smartphone is almost ready for market introduction.
Although Apple said nothing of a plastic iPhone in this week's earnings report and conference call with reporters, there is strong pressure on Apple to "dazzle" us soon with new products, product refreshes, and some degree of groundbreaking hardware innovation in their lineup of mobile devices.
If the latest industry estimates pan out, we could see the new iPhone model(s) in as little as six weeks.
Source: Weibo via Apple Insider