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New High-Resolution Photos of Low-Cost iPhone Rear Shell Surface, Pricing Similar to iPhone 4?

Following a video from earlier this week that appeared to show a partially assembled device, Sonny Dickson shares new alleged high resolution photos of the low-cost iPhone, potentially named the iPhone 5C. A prominent poster on Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo, C Technology, also claims (via phoneArena) the low-cost iPhone in China will be priced at 3000 yuan off contract, which is equivalent to $490 and in line with current pricing on the iPhone 4.

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The photos show the shell from various angles, including views from the back and side of the device, as well as the shell's interior which includes a set of metal linings and screw holes. The images also appear to be consistent with previous alleged sightings of the device, with notable features such as an 8-megapixel camera, Lightning connector, speakers and flash for the phone.

The part appears to be nearly identical to previously seen in high-quality photos and a video last month, with pin holes instead of full cut-outs for a number of physical features like power/volume buttons and the SIM card slot.

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Like other sightings of the device, the phone in these photos does not appear to have the required legal information and certifications on its lower body, making it unclear as to whether this is a final version or a prototype, although such information is generally printed on the devices at different stages of production.

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According to the most recent report, Apple is expected to launch the low-cost iPhone in early September, alongside the upcoming the iPhone 5S.

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16 months ago

Double down my ass.

They will have enough storage options to fill the $0, $99, $199 and so forth price points between the low cost model and 5S, so the 5, 4S and 4 will go away.


This is my thought as well. Something along these lines:

iPhone 5C 16GB - $0
iPhone 5C 32GB - $99
iPhone 5C 64GB - $199

iPhone 5S 32GB - $199
iPhone 5S 64GB - $299
iPhone 5S 128GB - $399

The slight price overlap makes you decide what is more important, more storage or a better phone, which is very Apple like. :cool:
Rating: 14 Votes
16 months ago
We have been patiently waiting for over nine months for a new product release from Apple. How proud they must be to give us last years model in cheap plastic. Apple is amazing.
Rating: 13 Votes
16 months ago
How many times are we going to see this same plastic phone story?
Rating: 9 Votes
16 months ago
It depends on what's inside. So far I'm liking what I see externally but it all depends on screen quality and cpu/gpu performance.
Rating: 8 Votes
16 months ago
More expensive than I thought it would be.
Rating: 8 Votes
16 months ago

Do we know if this will have the same specs as the 5S?


are you high?
Rating: 7 Votes
16 months ago
If I had a prototype case or shell, I would find someone with ridiculously large hands, photograph it, and all sorts of confusion and concern in the rumor sites. :rolleyes:
Rating: 6 Votes
16 months ago

Honestly Apple, if this is innovation, then I really have nothing to say... You must have run out of ideas. Be prepared for further erosion of the share of your smartphone market by the likes of Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, and Sony.

What is innovation? Why do u feel a phone has to be reinvented every year?
Rating: 6 Votes
16 months ago

Apple doesn't need to use solar energy to power their data centers. All they have to do is use some magnets and field coils to harness the energy from Steve Jobs rolling in his grave.

He never would have let this fly. I think we're really seeing the start of decline of Apple without his leadership.

In five years they will be manufacturing the same cheap crap as everyone else.


Be more specific, never let what fly? Surely, you can't mean plastic enclosures? The original iMac and lamp shape redesign were made of plastic. Both under Jobs reign. The original iPhone was plastic. The original iPod was plastic. The iBooks were plastic.

This redesign reminds me of the white plastic iBooks.
Rating: 5 Votes
16 months ago

Honestly Apple, if this is innovation, then I really have nothing to say... You must have run out of ideas. Be prepared for further erosion of the share of your smartphone market by the likes of Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, and Sony.


Can we please stop with this "innovation" canard? It's so lame. Apple is not a company to market gimmicks that don't work in practice and call it innovation.

None of those companies you've named have done anything "innovating" either lately, so why the "herp derp no innovation!" trolls?
Rating: 5 Votes

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