Budget iPhone plastic shell leaked in pics

Budget iPhone plastic shell leaked in picsOne 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.

via: Weibo

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 1, 2013 at 12:03

Thank gawd this couldn't just be one of hundreds of preproduction test parts...

lcurdie / MOD  Jul. 1, 2013 at 12:09

Shoosh :p

barrybarryk  Jul. 1, 2013 at 13:23

Why exactly would a phone have a fingerprint scanner? It's not pin & lock codes that make them insecure, it's that they have every communications protocol under the sun wedged into them and can be emptied without ever touching the phone. How is a fingerprint scanner going to help?

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 1, 2013 at 13:27

Why exactly would a phone have a fingerprint scanner? It's not pin & lock codes that make them insecure, it's that they have every communications protocol under the sun wedged into them and can be emptied without ever touching the phone. How is a fingerprint scanner going to help?

Yay to common sense. :D Keep that a secret, though.
Prism... anyone?
Moreover: I wonder if it'll be possible to remotely steal your prints?! There's room for more scamming, eh?
Meanwhile, in other news: touchscreen phones finally become usable with gloves. D'oh... Apple, you slackers!

barrybarryk  Jul. 1, 2013 at 13:34

But why would anyone want your prints? If someone stole the phone and wasn't interested in the data they'd just reflash the phone. If someone wanted the data they'd just dump it externally, a software level lock won't help, no matter how mission impossible it seems.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 1, 2013 at 13:48

But why would anyone want your prints? If someone stole the phone and wasn't interested in the data they'd just reflash the phone. If someone wanted the data they'd just dump it externally, a software level lock won't help, no matter how mission impossible it seems.
Well, they get your data... add the prints and all sorts of legal and illegal shenenigans are opening up. ID theft is a big big business. Also great if they want to frame you ;)

barrybarryk  Jul. 1, 2013 at 13:51

But who goes through phones manually to get the data? They'd just image the device, no fingerprint necessary and if they really wanted your fingerprint, that's now stored in the phone memory too

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 1, 2013 at 13:59

[quote]But who goes through phones manually to get the data? They'd just image the device, no fingerprint necessary and if they really wanted your fingerprint, that's now stored in the phone memory too[/quote] That was my point! I wonder if the 'prints' can be lifted remotely?

TJ Skywasher  Jul. 1, 2013 at 17:18

Apple won't sell a cheap iPhone and it won't be made of plastic. I don't know why these rumours continue doing the rounds. They'll certainly launch another iPhone model to be at the low end of it's offering in much the same way as the iPhone 4 is now, but it won't be 'cheap' as people have been calling it. Apple have already stated they don't make cheap products and that they're not interested in the bottom end of the market. And I can't see a plastic iPhone either, definitely a cheaper material than the current iPhone but not sure what.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 1, 2013 at 17:31

And I can't see a plastic iPhone either, definitely a cheaper material than the current iPhone but not sure what. Maybe plastic? :p

Yes, the "we don't do cheap" point aside, I'm not sure how a budget iPhone should work?
We have the iPhone 4 already discounted. They cannot release a new iPhone that cannot handle current apps, so an under-powered option is a no-no, also. They cannot release an iPhone that undercuts an iPod Touch. So we're back at cheap materials. Maybe they come up with a plastic they can give a fancy name - you know, like Nokia's Polycarbonate. But the risk is that if that 'plastic' does the job, people will say, why do we pay top bucks for metal and glass iDevices that scratch easily or break (iPhone 4's glass back) when plastic is just as good? (the anodized aluminium back of the iPhone 5? That same look could be achieved with plastic)...

So, I agree.

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