One of the other rumours refusing to go away is the notion of a budget iPhone, and “reliable sources” of iLounge are spilling fresh beans.
Jeremy Horwitz relays many a detail of the budget iPhone, specifically described as a budget iPhone 5.
The budget iPhone 5 is tipped to have a 4in display with a resolution of 1136 x 640 (same as the iPhone 5), while the big change is the use of plastic instead of metal and glass. We’re told to expect a “substantially plastic chassis”.
As for the budget iPhone 5’s appearance, it’ll most resemble an iPod classic in shape. In particular it’ll look like an iPhone 5 from the front, iPod classic from the side, and iPod touch 5G on the bottom.
There’s no specific word on a release date or pricing for the budget iPhone 5, and we expect it’ll have a reasonably sensible name. Just iPhone, perhaps?
Having said all this, Apple's SVP Phil Schiller recently bawled: "At first, non-smartphones were popular in the Chinese market, now cheap smartphones are more popular and non-smartphones are out.
"Despite the popularity of cheap smartphones, this will never be the future of Apple’s products."