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Old Jan 14, 2013, 10:15 PM   #1
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Low-Cost iPhone to Use Plastic or Hybrid Plastic/Metal Design, Due in Late 2013




Digitimes provides more details about the rumored cheaper iPhone that has been circulating. According to their supply chain sources, this new entry-level iPhone is said to adopt plastic for its chassis rather than the glass and aluminum that has been used on their current models.

iPhone 3GS (2009) had a plastic enclosure.
They also cite other circulating rumors that suggest that the cheaper iPhone will alternatively offer a "chassis mixed with plastic and metal, with the internal metal parts being able to be seen from outside through special design".

The publication also reports that the components for the low-cost iPhone are going through validation and the final product may come to market in the second half of 2013.

Digitimes reignited the long-running rumors of a low-cost iPhone last week. The report was quickly followed by a Wall Street Journal and Reuters report claiming the same, and offering a target price of $99-$149. Subsequent comments by Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller seemed to suggest that Apple was dismissive of that possibility, but that article was later retracted by the original publication.

Article Link: Low-Cost iPhone to Use Plastic or Hybrid Plastic/Metal Design, Due in Late 2013
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 10:16 PM   #2
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This has already been debunked though...
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 10:18 PM   #3
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This has already been debunked though...
debunked, and the possibly un-debunked?

http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/11/...ource-article/

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Old Jan 15, 2013, 06:19 AM   #4
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debunked, and the possibly un-debunked?
Rumours are only debunked when Apple releases a product that proves the rumour false. Because only the mouth of Apple can prove a rumour true or false with no shadow of a doubt.

But it's still fun to read all the rumours.
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 06:49 AM   #5
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debunked, and the possibly un-debunked?

http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/11/...ource-article/

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Old Jan 15, 2013, 06:53 AM   #6
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rebunked?
It was never even debunked. Phil Schiller never said they wouldn't make a low cost iPhone, only that Apple wouldn't sacrifice quality.

Last time I checked, Apple uses plastic in a lot of their stuff (again, Airport products, the Time Capsules, Mac accessories like chargers and adapters, the Apple TV) and these are quality products and Apple makes low cost product lines like the iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, iPad Mini, Mac Mini, etc..

So essentially, Phil Schiller wasn't debunking crap, he was saying "stop fretting about it, if we do make a low cost iPhone, it'll be the same Apple quality you've come to expect and we'll make it work at a lower pricepoint".
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 10:17 PM   #7
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Here we go again!
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 10:18 PM   #8
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 10:26 PM   #9
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Only changing the case doesn't seem like enough to offer a considerable discount over the usual price cut for older models. Even an 8gb downgrade on flash memory seems like too little
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 10:28 PM   #10
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 10:28 PM   #11
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I suppose plastic will suddenly become magical and innovative.
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 06:39 AM   #12
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I suppose plastic will suddenly become magical and innovative.
And, it will blend better!
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I suppose plastic will suddenly become magical and innovative.
oh wait! it's called "polycarbonate"
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I suppose plastic will suddenly become magical and innovative.
This is not any ordinary plastic all the korean manufacturers use. This is going to be medical grade plastic which is used to save lives. Titanium cannot save lives, can only fix bones.
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Yup, iPhone 3G's and 3GS's, which are 3-4 generations old for the low-cost market. I wouldn't be surprised by this.

But seriously, this again?
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 10:33 PM   #17
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If Apple resorts to this,then its truly a sign that Apples innovation and ingenuity are finished. Theres no way Apple can obtain a good profit margin on these Low end iPhones . Besides the country where Apple is going to sell these are more on the poorer side and the people are not purchasing Macs etc.
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Every time an article is posted citing DigiTimes, MacRumors conveniently starts the post with "Digitimes..." that way I don't waste my time reading the article.

I don't believe there is a chance there will be a cheap iPhone alternative now, or anytime in the future.
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Every time an article is posted citing DigiTimes, MacRumors conveniently starts the post with "Digitimes..." that way I don't waste my time reading the article.

I don't believe there is a chance there will be a cheap iPhone alternative now, or anytime in the future.
Just like there wasn't going to be a mini iPad or larger iPhone?
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Every time an article is posted citing DigiTimes, MacRumors conveniently starts the post with "Digitimes..." that way I don't waste my time reading the article.

I don't believe there is a chance there will be a cheap iPhone alternative now, or anytime in the future.
Jobs pushed to produce even cheaper Macs but everybody was against him. Eventually, they will do other "options"
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Only changing the case doesn't seem like enough to offer a considerable discount over the usual price cut for older models. Even an 8gb downgrade on flash memory seems like too little
Apple would save tens of millions by switching from machined aluminum to polycarbonate.

If Apple goes this route it is probably about creating a device that can be purchased cheaply unsubsidized.

However, Apple has a unique version of cheap, and I would expect $499 for a 16gb model, which would be $150 cheaper than iPhone5.

Personally, I would have no issue wit Apple creating something along the lines of the HTC One X which I think is a great looking design.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 10:28 PM   #22
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I admit, I miss the white plastic roundness of the 3GS. It would make it cheaper instead of aluminium or glass.

It makes sense to make a cheaper one. I just didn't expect it from Apple, but if it sells and works well, why not?
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It makes sense to make a cheaper one. I just didn't expect it from Apple, but if it sells and works well, why not?
If it's from Apple, I expect it will sell and work well.
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Here we go again!
why the heck are you in this thread?
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Here we go again!
Hey, there is also coming along the cardboard throw-away iPhone!
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