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  • 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
    This article was originally published in forum thread: FCC Markings Visible in New Pic of 'Plastic iPhone' started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. leavism's Avatar
      leavism -
      I think the only thing Apple can do that makes a cheap iPhone worth buying is having it similar to the Nexus 4. Pre-unlocked and less than $300.
    1. holyshnikes's Avatar
      holyshnikes -
      Looks like it really is coming. If Apple is doing it, it'll be good. I have no doubt of that.
    1. max53389's Avatar
      max53389 -
      Starting to believe this is the final design of the new cheap iPhone.
      It looks like it was designed by apple by how they are reusing the design of the iPod Touch 5G for this iPhone.
      I like the design of this but I will always go for the better quality stuff for my use.
    1. Own3d's Avatar
      Own3d -
      I'm ok with this. I can buy this and let my son use it without worry of him dropping it and denting the bejesus out of the aluminum casing.
    1. yatezy's Avatar
      yatezy -
      To all the people declaring the 4 and 4S are budget phones. Maybe they are producing a cheaply made product which will have to ALL the functions of iOS 7.

      Why would you want a 4 which doesn't have siri and will miss features of iOS 7,same with the 4S.

      This phone may cater to that market, people who want all the features but don't want to pay stupid prices
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      I can't wait for this to be simply the iPhone 5S (or 6) and watch the Apple forums freak out
    1. kalpesh78's Avatar
      kalpesh78 -
      I'll stick to the more expensive kind. this looks like the back of a samsung phone.
    1. RoganLigby's Avatar
      RoganLigby -
      The 8GB 4 is still running at $459, the 16GB 4S at $549. This is the ACTUAL cost of the phone. The 5 is $699. With a 'cheaper' iphone, there's no way it's going to be any less than $150-$200 less than the actual cost of the 5S or 5. You guys are dreaming if you want a new out of contract phone, plastic or not, for $300 or less.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by RoganLigby View Post
      The 8GB 4 is still running at $459, the 16GB 4S at $549. This is the ACTUAL cost of the phone. The 5 is $699. With a 'cheaper' iphone, there's no way it's going to be any less than $150-$200 less than the actual cost of the 5S or 5. You guys are dreaming if you want a new out of contract phone, plastic or not, for $300 or less.
      +1, I've said this before. Apple won't risk their reputation and build a subpar cheap product. The white MacBooks were still $1000 base price. That was their budget laptop which is by no means cheap when you can buy a Dell for $350.
    1. raksrules's Avatar
      raksrules -
      Quote Originally Posted by Magnum View Post
      I still do not understand the point??? The iPhone 4 is free and the 4s is 100 bucks...how much more budget can you get than FREE?
      US is not the only country in the world.
    1. GenesisDH's Avatar
      GenesisDH -
      Quote Originally Posted by yatezy View Post
      To all the people declaring the 4 and 4S are budget phones. Maybe they are producing a cheaply made product which will have to ALL the functions of iOS 7.

      Why would you want a 4 which doesn't have siri and will miss features of iOS 7,same with the 4S.

      This phone may cater to that market, people who want all the features but don't want to pay stupid prices
      I don't see that happening. I can see them making it around the level of the 5 (A6 processor, but with only a single core GPU, lower RAM, or smaller screen, etc) but still lacking some major features to force people to upgrade to get the full experience. I don't see Apple canibalizing the sales of the '5S'/'6' model by making it feature complete. It'll probably be inbetween the 4S and 5, just due to better manufacturing processes alone.

      Or this could be only in certain markets outside the US. I could see that happening, as Nokia, HTC and Samsung do the same all the time.
    1. *T*'s Avatar
      *T* -
      Quote Originally Posted by Magnum View Post
      I still do not understand the point??? The iPhone 4 is free and the 4s is 100 bucks...how much more budget can you get than FREE?
      It's about apple's profit margins.
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      Quote Originally Posted by *T* View Post
      It's about apple's profit margins.
      As with any good business.