Possible Photo of Lower-Cost Plastic iPhone Rear Shells Shows New Blue Color

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    This past weekend, Nowhereelse.fr shared photos of what could be the rear shell of Apple's rumored low-cost plastic iPhone in the colors green, red and yellow. While the site still acknowledges that the shells could be Chinese copies, certain features are still consistent with previous leaks and claims. Now the site shares [Google translation] a new photo that includes a blue rear plastic shell.

    In mid-June, Reuters ran a report that stated that the low-cost iPhone would come in multiple bright colors, with Mac Otakara claiming that one of the colors would be blue. And while we have seen the possible shells for the green, red, yellow and white plastic iPhones we had not seen the blue one until now.

    While the photo does not show the full exterior of the blue rear shell, it does show enough of the sides and the inside of the rear shell to imagine what a blue plastic iPhone could look like.

    The blue shell is pictured alongside red, yellow, and green ones seen over the weekend, with a white shell also included. The white shell appears very similar to one leaked through a different source back in April.

    The lower-cost plastic iPhone is likely to launch later this year in either September or October, presumably alongside Apple's flagship iPhone 5S. The plastic iPhone will offer consumers a more affordable iPhone choice, especially in markets where carrier subsidies are rare.

    Yesterday, MacRumors published high-resolution mockups based on the previously leaked rear shell photos and other information, offering a look at the complete device's potential size, shape and texture.

    Article Link: Possible Photo of Lower-Cost Plastic iPhone Rear Shells Shows New Blue Color
  2. cambox macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2010
    I really dont know what the big deal is? The first iPhone was plastic!
  3. uknowimright macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2011
  4. efktd macrumors 6502


    Sep 29, 2011
    If these feel anything like the 3GS did, I'm in.
  5. j.applewood macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2012
    Am I the only one that really wants one of these things??? The white one looks awesome.
  6. BruceEBonus macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2007
    Derbyshire, England
    If in doubt - and you need to distract your user base away from the fact you've not had any decent innovative ideas for the past two years ....colourise! :D

  7. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    The 'guts' of these cases look authentic at a glance. I wouldn't be surprised if these are released in September.
  8. slu macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2004
    Hmm...lack of FCC info is interesting. I thought late stage prototypes usually had the FCC info on the shell with a series of xxxxx where the actual IDs should be. The lack of this makes me skeptical of this leak and lead toward Chinese knockoffs.
  9. dankedieter macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2009
    Munich, Germany
    You're thinking of the 3g. I have the original right here in front of me, polished steel bezel and three quarter aluminum back with the lower part black plastic for antenna transparency.

    I'm not especially excited about this since plastic just doesn't have the crafted feel of metal, though the antennas might end up working better/no more antenna-gate.
  10. SandboxGeneral Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Orbiting a G-type Main Sequence Star
    I'd like to see a really nice looking red one. The one depicted here is a bit too bright. Plus I don't think I'd want a red plastic one.

    Regardless, it's nice to see the possibility of a variety of colors becoming available.
  11. Tankmaze, Jul 3, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2013

    Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    What would the naming be then?

    Low cost iphone = iphone
    Iphone 5s = the new iphone / iphone pro :D

    Cause obviously apple would drop the numbering when this one comes out, just like the ipad.

    Edit :

    come to think of it, yeah you are probably right.

    the low cost colourful iphone only available in 16 GB = the cheap one
    and the flagship iphone could start from 32 GB. I'm speculating with the pricing here, so it could be :

    16 GB colorful iphone = $499 (no contract)
    32 GB flagship iphone = $699 (no contract)
    64 GB flagship iphone = $799 (no contract)
    128 GB flagship iphone = $899 (no contract)
  12. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2007
    On The Interweb Thingy!
    Count me in too, the 3GS was a great bit of kit!
  13. lk400 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 26, 2012
    First was aluminum, second was plastic.
  14. gibbz macrumors 68030

    May 31, 2007
  15. 1080p macrumors 68020


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth

    Looks aluminum to me...
  16. lk400 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 26, 2012
    internal bits of the blue look slightly different.
  17. Konrad9 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2012
    This makes your front page, but you push Apple being sued for anti-competitive practices to the iOS Blog?

    Get it together guys.
  18. j.applewood macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2012
    Gah I miss those...
  19. newyorksole macrumors 68020

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    Yeah the numbers have to go. They need to do it by year.

    Because this plastic iPhone definitely won't be numbered.
  20. uknowimright macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2011
    still miss this design (at least the back)
  21. wilhelmer, Jul 3, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2013

    wilhelmer macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2011
    iPhone 5C (C for casual - or cheap ;))

    EDIT: Or color, or crap. Amazingly versatile!
  22. e-coli macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2002
    The second iPhone was plastic. ;)
  23. scrapple macrumors regular


    Sep 23, 2004
    these are for 3rd world countries to take on Nokia and Motorola right?

    why would americans buy these? Just get an iphone 4s or 5 or 5s and throw a sleek colored case on it if you want color..
  24. Bobajobbob macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2005

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