One of the criticisms continually leveled at California’s Apple (crApple, for short) is that it’s failing to innovate in the post-Jobs era.
The much-discussed budget iPhone probably won’t do much to change that notion, but in any case, we’re getting a glimpse at what appears to be the budget iPhone’s rear shell, in a bright iPod-style colour.
Story goes that the budget iPhone will adopt a cheap plastic shell, one that’ll ultimately help Apple keep down the cost and weigh in on emerging markets where the traditional iPhone is way too freakin’ expensive. Er, as opposed to here, where everyone has a spare £500.
Above, courtesy of Chinese micro-blogger 7mob (who in turn credits a “friend's friend” with links to manufacturer Foxconn), we’re seeing a lime green shell for the budget iPhone.
The budget iPhone is expected to rock a series of bright colours, much like Apple’s iPod shuffle, nano and touch serieseses. Traditionally, the iPhone comes in plain old black or white.
Looking at the budget iPhone pic, there’s clearly a pair of holes in the top left for the camera and flash – as found on the iPhone 5. Interesting that we’re not going into true flash-less budget territory, though Apple has a rep to uphold, I guess.
As for an ETA, the budget iPhone may or may not launch later this year. Who knows? Other possible iProducts touching down in the second half of 2013 include the iPhone 5S with fingerprint scanner, iPad mini with Retina display, and the Apple iWatch.