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Old Mar 15, 2013, 11:49 AM   #1
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Lower-Cost iPhone Said to Use 'Super-Thin' Plastic and Fiberglass Shell in 4-6 Colors




KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is reiterating his claims that Apple's low-cost iPhone will have a 4-inch screen, plastic casing, and be available in a range of colors similar to Apple's iPod lineup, sharing a few new details in a report highlighted by AppleInsider. In particular, Kuo shares offers some information on the device's plastic and fiberglass casing.
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The new, less expensive iPhone model is said to have a "super-thin plastic casing mixed with glass fiber." The material will make it stronger, thinner and lighter than typical smartphone plastic casings, Kuo said.

He expects the thickness to be between 0.4 and 0.6 millimeters, which is thinner than the average plastic casing at between 0.7 and 1 millimeter.
Kuo had previously suggested the phone would be available in a range of six colors, but is now being more cautious in suggesting "between four and six."

Key Apple supplier Foxconn will manufacture complete phones, he says, while Green Point will make additional casings for phones that will be assembled by Pegatron. The analyst has previous suggested that Apple is looking to diversify suppliers, and that Pegatron would be responsible for assembling the majority of the low-cost iPhones.

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Old Mar 15, 2013, 11:51 AM   #2
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But will it have a barometer?
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Old Mar 15, 2013, 11:51 AM   #4
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apple making something thinner? really? next u r gonna tell me that they r gonna add another row of apps
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Old Mar 15, 2013, 11:52 AM   #5
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What would the price points be?
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I think I would actually be game for the cheaper iPhone model when they hit the used markets. Of course, it depends on what's inside... I've gotta say though, a Product(RED) iPhone would be pretty cool.

For the first time in a long time, I'm excited to hear about possible new product rumors.
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Old Mar 15, 2013, 11:52 AM   #7
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It would be cool to return to the candy imac style. Translucent back, showing the internals.
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Old Mar 15, 2013, 11:53 AM   #8
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I'd love to see an iPhone made in the shape of a 4/5 but with a polycarbonate shell as was used in the old white plastic MacBook.

Basically a white iPhone 4 but with no metal rim.
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Old Mar 15, 2013, 11:57 AM   #11
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Beginning of the end for Apple if this happens.

They're not a company who competes on price by giving up quality.
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Old Mar 15, 2013, 11:57 AM   #12
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Seeing a bondi-blue kind of iPhone is kinda cool. Rather than plasticising the body and try to disguise it like metal, they're using the theme of cheap and cheerful. So they are using the plastic t their advantage.

Samsung, are you observing?
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They should make the screen at least 6" so they have a chance at competing with Samsung
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Beginning of the end for Apple if this happens.

They're not a company who competes on price by giving up quality.
who said they were giving up quality? the 3gs and the 3g felt premium in the hand, and this design will be a radically improved 3gs/3g casing design tagged along with a very nice display for a phone that will be cheap to the masses
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Beginning of the end for Apple if this happens.

They're not a company who competes on price by giving up quality.
OMG you're sooo right eh? Remember that stainless steel iPhone 3G? Oh right, my bad.

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They should make the screen at least 6" so they have a chance at competing with Samsung
No no no no. Their rumoured TV set should be the new phone.
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Beginning of the end for Apple if this happens.

They're not a company who competes on price by giving up quality.
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The new, less expensive iPhone model is said to have a "super-thin plastic casing mixed with glass fiber." The material will make it stronger, thinner and lighter than typical smartphone plastic casings
Sorry, what were you talking about again?
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Old Mar 15, 2013, 12:04 PM   #18
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Honestly, this is the most sensible rumor I've seen.
They need to retire the 4 and 4S this year in order to get all phones on the same 4" screen and lightning connector.
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It would be cool to return to the candy imac style. Translucent back, showing the internals.
no way!
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It would be cool to return to the candy imac style. Translucent back, showing the internals.
The internals? All you're going to see pretty much is a big battery.
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Won't having so many product lines hinder apple? This was one of the problems they had in the 90's when they were tanking.
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Old Mar 15, 2013, 12:06 PM   #22
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Now that mobile-phones are becoming a popular web browsing and texting platform with lesser actual phone calling. I hate to admit it but the iPhone 5's screen is way too narrow for web-browsing in portrait mode, and fails in its landscape mode too. I'd rather it sport a wider 5" screen than the current skinny one.
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Honestly wouldn't mind a colored iPhone
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Colours: Black, Midnight, Coal, Noir
What about Snow, Ice and Frost?

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Beginning of the end for Apple if this happens.

They're not a company who competes on price by giving up quality.
Oh yeah, they're going out of business.
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Honestly wouldn't mind a colored iPhone
I know what you mean. I wouldn't get one personally but I don't think there is anything wrong with it.

These look really nice:

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