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

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.

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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.

Top Rated Comments

1080p Avatar
102 months ago
I really dont know what the big deal is? The first iPhone was plastic!



Looks aluminum to me...
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
slu Avatar
102 months ago
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.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iOrbit Avatar
102 months ago
i think most of these look ugly and cheap.

best idea of a plastic iPhone for consumers wouldve been this concept based on the original bondi blue imac, in varied colors;



much more apple like.

and some people are confused to think that them looking cheap is acceptable because its a 'cheap' iphone.

we all know that its not going to be cheap. its not going to be a cheap iPhone, its just going to cost less. proof of this is Apple's iPad Mini. and this is actually good news. we dont want Apple to become sony. spreading itself too thin by selling products on a wide range of price and quality.

Apple should stay true - stick to selling premium products and experiences. the philosophy of a product in their ranges should be the category of the product and the use its designed for or market.

it should NEVER be designed for a 'cheaper price' or building a product around price.


examples that shine most in apples current products are macs and ipods. and recently, iPads.

iPad mini's philosophy is greater portability - an everything anywhere device beyond the small size experience of pocket based devices like phones or iPods.

Macs. we know the story of macs, pro and consumer. portability/power/ultra portable.

iPods: Storage / collection; classics. iOS: Touch's. Shuffle: Gym/Exercise/Work . etc..

apple Should bring the philosophy of different categories to iPhones, but it should not be about price. only product. some people might not be concerned with the latest and greatest technologies in an iPhone, they might simply just want the apple OS experience (iOS).

1 area of category is phone/screen size, like macs. some people want bigger and smaller phones.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
efktd Avatar
102 months ago
If these feel anything like the 3GS did, I'm in.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Tiger8 Avatar
102 months ago
Am I the only one that really wants one of these things??? The white one looks awesome.

You and me both! I can easily afford the 'premuim' iPhone (in fact, I am getting an unlocked 5s as a gift for my mom) but for myself I am so looking forward to this.

I love how people moan about plastic, yet they all put their iPhone in a plastic case!
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BillyBobBongo Avatar
102 months ago
If these feel anything like the 3GS did, I'm in.

Count me in too, the 3GS was a great bit of kit!
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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