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    Default 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

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    What? Plastic? Wont that automatically make it a piece of poop or does that only apply to Samsung products?

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    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

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    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
    privacy isn't about having something to hide

    look here all grammar police, indulge me.

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    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

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    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.

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    yep still plastic and it still gets scuffed easily
    Last edited by dsg; 06-03-2013 at 01:53 PM.
    privacy isn't about having something to hide

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    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.

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    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
    Well isn't that the point of a cheap phone?
    You know that S4 costs $640, right?

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    I bet it's scuffed though
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    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.

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    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.

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    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
    Last edited by dsg; 06-03-2013 at 07:26 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOrioles33 View Post
    does that only apply to Samsung products?
    nope, it would be sh!t. hate plastic phones.

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    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.

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