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Low-Cost iPhone to Use Plastic or Hybrid Plastic/Metal Design, Due in Late 2013

Discussion in 'MacRumors.com News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot



    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
  2. macrumors 6502

    This has already been debunked though...
  3. macrumors 68030


    Here we go again!
  4. arn
    macrumors god


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  5. Guest

    The smallest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone.
  6. macrumors regular

    I can see the market. Alot of people I know would love to own a iPhone but can't due to cost.
  7. macrumors member

    My guess, if it will exist, is a 3GS with updated internals that can be compatible with iOS 7.
  8. macrumors 6502

    I thought they already offered an older model that's $0 with contract?
  9. macrumors member

    I still don't understand the point of this when you can get an iPhone 4 for free or a 4S for $100. Plus you get fancy glass and aluminum enclosures with those two.
  10. macrumors G4

    Maybe Apple cut their orders of iPhone 5 screens to ramp up orders of screens for this?
  11. macrumors 68020

    but you are tied to a contract. This will be primarily used by non-contract folks that do not want to pay high prices for the iPhone.
  12. macrumors regular

    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
  13. macrumors 6502

    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?
  14. macrumors member

    To me at least it doesn't really feel Apple to provide a cheap alternative.
    Apple knows its market and makes products for that.

    Are we going to see cheaper versions of their MacBooks and iMacs?

    What they should be doing is discounting the previous generation a bit more than they do.
  15. macrumors newbie


    Still rockin' the 3GS BABY YEA!
  16. macrumors G3


    I suppose plastic will suddenly become magical and innovative. :D
  17. macrumors 68020

    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? :rolleyes:
  18. macrumors demi-god


    This isn't an older model.

  19. macrumors member

    They can get a much cheaper 4/4S then.
  20. macrumors 68030


    The main costs come in the form of a two year contract, not the cost of the phone itself imo.
  21. macrumors newbie

    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.
  22. macrumors regular

    There wont be a low cost iphone, there is the iphone 4. If they do i will immidiatly pull all my stock out of that company.
  23. macrumors 601


    contract free iphone 4 8gb is $450
  24. macrumors 65816

    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.
  25. macrumors G3


    Just like there wasn't going to be a mini iPad or larger iPhone?

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