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.

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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.

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Top Rated Comments

AppleScruff1 Avatar
148 months ago
I suppose plastic will suddenly become magical and innovative. :D
Score: 51 Votes (Like | Disagree)
irDigital0l Avatar
148 months ago
The smallest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone.
Score: 43 Votes (Like | Disagree)
(Kerfuffle) Avatar
148 months ago
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.
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gugy Avatar
148 months ago
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.

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.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
akfgpuppet Avatar
148 months ago
My guess, if it will exist, is a 3GS with updated internals that can be compatible with iOS 7.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AppleScruff1 Avatar
148 months ago
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?
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)