Is this the new plastic iPhone?

We’ve heard rumors about a low-end, cheaper, iPhone for a while now, but this time we’re finally getting a bit of evidence for all of these rumors.

Many folks are predicting Apple will finally announce a lower-end model for their best-selling iPhone. This new device is expected to take the iPod Touch approach: similar design and feel but reduced capabilities at a lower price point.

The images you see here, are supposedly of the upcoming iPhone Lite and they clearly show a plastic iPhone compared to the iPhone 5 that’s now on the market. While the difference in materials is clear, there are also some changes in the design of the phone. Lending credence to an earlier rumor, this device seems to take its design cues from the iPhone, the iPod Touch and the iPod classic.

The new plastic iPhone is expected to be announced alongside a revamped iPhone 5S at an event in Septemeber and it’s expected to launch in a number of different colors. Until then you should take all these rumors with a big pinch of salt.

Source: TechKiddy Via: Slashgear

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So lets see. The iPhone 5S is going to have the same CPU and the 5, but with a minor speed increase and maybe 2GB of RAM. The iPhone 4S had a dualcore A9. So this new cheap phone will have a CPU that is lesser than the 5, but hopefully better than the 4S.

So my guess is take the A9, bump the speed from 1Ghz to 1.5Ghz and leave it at 1GB if RAM, no from facing cam or just have a 2MP front facing cam but no rear camera.

Now this is where its gets lost. Samsung makes cheaper phones too. But those cheap phones still have dual cameras, fairly large screens and good specs and they rin Android which as multi-tasking quite well.

I am alos betting this phones resolution will be lower than the 5, likely 960x640. Wonder what iOS7 will be like too? No Siri? No panoramic shots? No Burst shots? No NFC?

So I see it as a really cheap phone. Which means you will come out better buying a year old Galaxy S 3, which will cost less, will still be avail on every carrier, has a higher resolution, 2 cameras, expandable storage and more.

This could really ruin Apple and Samsung is the one that is going to be laughing all the way to the bank.

Well if this story holds true knowing Apple it will be the cheapest highest costing budget phone on the market. And being Apple it will be now where near cheap or budget as far as price. But I am quite sure the components inside will be cheap with out a dought.

Spicoli said,
I'm just curious why people think a metal case is high end. It's inferior in pretty much every engineering aspect. Is it just for the shininess?

It really depends on the metal used, as there are some Titanium phones out there which you would be hard pushed to damage badly when dropped.

Spicoli said,
I'm just curious why people think a metal case is high end. It's inferior in pretty much every engineering aspect. Is it just for the shininess?

It's all about look and feel. Plastic looks cheap.

Star-Pirate said,

It really depends on the metal used, as there are some Titanium phones out there which you would be hard pushed to damage badly when dropped.
Can you show me a titanium phone? Because that would be quite pricy.

A bike made of Titanium, for just the frame we are talking well over $5000. So a Phone would be at least $1000 cash.

Aluminum is way cheaper. Apple just charges a lot because increasing the price makes you think its better.

Poly-carbonate is better and is a premium material. I wish Apple wrapped the case in carbon fiber which would make it really nice.

People will buy one because it's Apple... Then realise how crap it is, then they will buy a proper iPhone. So its a win, win situation for Apple.

Not sure how this is copying the Lumia? Where are these comments coming from? People are acting like Microsoft and Nokia are these great Phone Gods that all other companies are desperate to follow. Umm, No!

I will laugh my socks off if they make the plastic one more expensive and say that it is redefining the market and the way we use our phones.

So happy for this, glad to see Apple cheapening its brand. Really hope Microsoft uses this opportunity to come out with a Surface phone in VaporMG... real high quality, solid device. I love VaporMG, it's one of my favorite features of my Surface.

It is fantastic, and I love my Surface Pro... I spend quite a lot of time on the Surface Forums, where I've seen a few people now experience flaking paint etc. it's really quite bad.

Still, I want a Surface phone more than anything!

It's supposed to have lower specs?! The iPhone already has a dual core CPU while most new Androids have a quad core and cost nearly half the price, how could they lower the spec much more?

Apple really know how to rip people off. Charging for an OS built on free code, slapping a huge price on something cos it's made of white plastic and aluminium and now this. They really must be laughing all the way to the bank at people's gullibility.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
It's supposed to have lower specs?! The iPhone already has a dual core CPU while most new Androids have a quad core and cost nearly half the price, how could they lower the spec much more?

It's not that hard to imagine that Apple could update the latest iPhone & give this one the old specs minus some features like siri.


PsYcHoKiLLa said,
Apple really know how to rip people off. Charging for an OS built on free code, slapping a huge price on something cos it's made of white plastic and aluminium and now this. They really must be laughing all the way to the bank at people's gullibility.

It hasn't even been announced yet, let alone priced, let alone put on sale, & you're already calling it a rip off & anyone who buys it "gullible".

You big old Apple fanboy you.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
The iPhone already has a dual core CPU while most new Androids have a quad core

You cannot be serious. You know full well that Apps on the AppStore are fully optimized for the hardware, due to the fact its so tightly controlled. Quad Core vs Dual Core is meaningless when you are comparing Apple to Oranges... I mean Android. Let us also not forget the fact that A-series chips are very good at what they do. Remember the Pentium 4 fiasco? Bigger does not mean better.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
It's supposed to have lower specs?! The iPhone already has a dual core CPU while most new Androids have a quad core and cost nearly half the price, how could they lower the spec much more?
Apple really know how to rip people off. Charging for an OS built on free code, slapping a huge price on something cos it's made of white plastic and aluminium and now this. They really must be laughing all the way to the bank at people's gullibility.

CRAPPLE can repackaged their phone and rebrand as vNext and watch how iSheeps will line up like they are buying the latest thing.

that does look horrible. besides the low end lumias will beat the pants off this as nokia manages to make a cheap quality phone. theyll prolly put a non retina display in it, previous gen Ax chip, then the next budget iphone will have retina display upgraded Ax chip. same bull****, different phone

Apple is slowly starting to make the same mistakes they did when Jobs left the first time only now he is not around to save them again.. #fail

paulheu said,
Apple is slowly starting to make the same mistakes they did when Jobs left the first time only now he is not around to save them again.. #fail

Jobs will be risen from the grave and declare himself immortal. Each and everyday the beleaguered CRAPPLE is desperate to gain market share.

sn0wbl1tz said,

Each and everyday the beleaguered CRAPPLE is desperate to gain market share.

Sounds exactly like Microsoft!

Not true, Apple are not making mistakes, They are following the same path with iPhones as with iPods, various devices with different functionality and features at various price points. That was hardly a mistake with iPods.

To me this just doesn't make sense. They have a budget iPhone, its the iPhone 4. Why not just re-brand the iPhone 4. You can buy them like new for maybe £200 on ebay etc so why not do that?

Keep the high quality materials but the innards a few years old, which is what should be in a budget phone.

I'm no Apple fan boy, but making a plastic one would cheapen the brand.

Richard Cousins said,
To me this just doesn't make sense. They have a budget iPhone, its the iPhone 4. Why not just re-brand the iPhone 4. You can buy them like new for maybe £200 on ebay etc so why not do that?

Keep the high quality materials but the innards a few years old, which is what should be in a budget phone.

I'm no Apple fan boy, but making a plastic one would cheapen the brand.

The brand won't be cheapened as the majority of the people who own iphones are chavs anyway, it's not a premium product anymore. It's certainly not on the same level as their Mac machines (vs PC) when it comes to consumer premiums.

The people have already proven that they don't mind having a really plastic feel to their phone, as Samsung's flagship is as plastic as you can get and that's currently winning the mobile race - Apple would like a slice of it..

Still, A lot of people complain that the iPhone has stayed pretty much the same design from the first gen iPhone. This could be Apple's way of testing the water to see if people like the ability to interchange facias with differing colours. We know it worked well with Nokia (and a few others) in the past,... but is it really going to be enough for Apple this time around?

I am interested in a lower cost iPhone since in my country there are no carrier subsidized smartphones. Let's hope this is legit.

I absolutely believe this to be true, why does everyone think this is a mistake? It's the low end market which appeals to young teenagers, they'll go crazy for this ****, release it in time for Christmas shopping and Android devices won't get a look in. Thats your xmas best seller right there... providing it competes in price.

Personally not a fan of the colour but would never own one anyway. I'd imagine the colours will be the same as the iPods?

Huge mistake if this is true. iPhone has always been the "one size, fits all" phone, to split the userbase and cause unnecessary confusion by releasing a low end device is a bad idea. The iPhone 4/4s is essentially the low end device when its successors come out, there's really no need for this at all. People are willing to pay top dollar for iPhones, why change something thats working wonders for them?

CroSonts said,
Huge mistake if this is true. iPhone has always been the "one size, fits all" phone, to split the userbase and cause unnecessary confusion by releasing a low end device is a bad idea. The iPhone 4/4s is essentially the low end device when its successors come out, there's really no need for this at all. People are willing to pay top dollar for iPhones, why change something thats working wonders for them?
This is confusing how? As confusing as releasing a cheaper smaller iPad? Maybe you're confused, just admit it. But lump us all together.

I wouldn't be confused. How is it confusing? Every phone maker on this planet makes a highend and lowend model. Sometimes under same or maybe different brands they own.

I find it more confusing Apple didn't do it in the first place. However, Apple making a cheaper iPhone really isn't going to lead to huge sales numbers. Look what happened with iPad. Apple/Jobs said the 20" model was always the best and that OEMs would abandon the smaller ones and all make the 10". As it stands the only reason the 10" iPad so well is because it was their only option. Now that they have a smaller option sales of the larger option took a hit. If APple makes a cheaper phone, the better iPhone will also seem to take a hit. Many people just want an iPhone. Right now they have one option. Now that they have a cheaper option as you fans say, Android has the market it has because of so many cheap phones, so what you going to say when the cheap iPhone outsells the other model?

Oh wait, you wont even know because Apple never discloses the sales of a single item, they always give you numbers based on a family of devices.

Right now I bet you the iPad Mini is outselling the iPad 4 even without a retina display and once the Mini comes with the Retina Display less people will buy the larger iPad.

And all this crap about Apple selling premium products? They've never sold one. Macs are mid-ranged and the lowend of highend products we get from other brands. They are jacked up 40% bec of the fancy case and the lame duck OS.

If you want to see a high end laptop, price and spec a Dell Precision to a MacBook. You want a highend desktop, compare some of HP's high end option to the iMac. The Mac Pro? Was still using consumer grade GPU until this garbage can model came out.

More iPhones at more price points will be a good thing. Its the same thing that Apple did with the iPod. This make sense and I think the pics are real.

Oh my.
Honestly, I just can't see apple releasing something like this. When I think apple, I think quality above others - of course at a price. Its like the Lamborghini of brands. I don't know, maybe this is just a red flag that apple is loosing their identity... or maybe im just taking this too seriously.

I find this "leak" hard to believe.

A cheaper plastic iPhone sure, a cheaper plastic iPhone with the same screen size as the 5? Not sure about that one.

I'm looking forward to when Apple finally invents cheap looking and disgustingly colored plastic. I'm sure Samsung will copy it in no time.

Crimson Rain said,
Looks really ugly. It is like a white cheap plastic phone that turned yellow over time...

Don't you know? This will be the only phone on the market, that ages in real time. It's revolutionary.

Crimson Rain said,
Looks really ugly. It is like a white cheap plastic phone that turned yellow over time...

No, all the iSheeps will be lining up for their latest plastic accessories dubbed iplastic 5.

Crimson Rain said,
Looks really ugly. It is like a white cheap plastic phone that turned yellow over time...

Looks like a bad attempt at a Gibson VOS process.

Snot coloured plastic iPhone...awful lol. I guess Apple innovating by ripping off Nokia Lumia series design-wise....Least Nokia did not offer such a rank colour!

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
This phone is an stretched out Lumia

Well if were going to be reductionist like that then all these smart phones look same.

No, not even close. All smartphones do not look the same, I came from Lumia 800 to Xperia ZL, they are way too different devices, there are million possibilities that you can do with a phone. Only difference between this and an 620 is the front display which is more curved on the Lumia, everything else (starting from the unibody design with the same plastic, even the friggin buttons look the same (See here: http://boygeniusreport.files.w...ne-volume-buttons.jpg?w=942) ) is exactly the same. While Apple went straight at Samsung for the round edges on their tablets somehow their new "budget" phone has the same curves as the Lumia which, believe it or not, did come before.

Apple is in a dead-spot for a long time to come and this budget phone shows that they are getting desperate. I'm in no means a fan of Apple but had some respect towards them and their ideas how to grab money which they have done perfectly up until now.

Wait... Apple getting desperate? That's on par with the same analysts who claim Microsoft is on the decline, on the path to failure. I seriously doubt this, and I say that as someone who doesn't even own an Apple product.

Oh, and the cameras are also quite different from each other, so that'd be another take away from the similarities. But yes, I do agree that they look similar. Not sure why they'd copy these versions of Nokia phones; I personally find them to be ugly from the both of them.

What I meant by that is the following - before they had practically an "cult" following them and buying anything with an Apple logo, no matter the price tag. Releasing the budget phone shows they are losing confidence in their "high-end" phone market (Surely some what it plays role that Samsungs and Nokias low end devices sell like hot cakes and they need some of that pie). Their OS and only little adjustments to the phone are holding them in one spot.

But this is all just my opinion on things.

dead.cell said,
I'm confused; how does it look anything like the Lumia?
Yea me too. Its looks NOTHING like the Lumia 620. Its looks like a cheap plastic iPhone 5. I am sure that yellow is the primer for the paint. Either way it looks equally as ugly as an iPhone 5.

The original iPhone up to the 3GS, I liked the shape and yes it was plastic/poly-carbonate. but it look way better.

The problem with the iPhone is Apple still sticking with 640p for its width which today is stupid when you phone is 4 inches tall.

I thought Jobs said Apple couldn't sell a piece of junk?

What I think they should so is, take the insides of the 4S and stick it into the iPhone 5's case and sell it cheaper and have the 5S as the top model.

They don't need to use plastic. I thought the rule was, once you move up to something better you don't go back to garbage.

If a girl dates a guy that has his own place, own car; she isn't going back to dating a guy who lives with his mom or rides the bus.

IvoFajardo said,
Is not ugly, but, don't look like an iPhone...

Looks like a Lumia, very badly.

Nokia better prepare a solid defence from an Apple suit - 'The Lumia's are a copy of the new iPhone'

More and more leaks about this budget iPhone and the more I look at it the more ugly it looks
Cant believe that Apple, a company that creates high end devices will create something like this.

But don't forget, this IS Apple so it will be one of the highest quality* budget smartphones on the market. They will be laughing to the bank if this rumour holds out to be true...

* Yeah I know quality and budget don't go well together but as Apple say, "they don't ship junk" so even at a cheaper price we still expect a high quality from them.

V-Tech said,
More and more leaks about this budget iPhone and the more I look at it the more ugly it looks
Cant believe that Apple, a company that creates high end devices will create something like this.

i think it's more for parents to buy for their kid, and once the kid gets it and it's slow, laggy, and their friends make fun of them, their parents will have to buy them a real iphone to make up for it. $cha-ching$

Buttus said,

i think it's more for parents to buy for their kid, and once the kid gets it and it's slow, laggy, and their friends make fun of them, their parents will have to buy them a real iphone to make up for it. $cha-ching$

Hmm, do people make fun of people about their phones?

Pulagatha said,
I thought their new iPod Touch had a great design. This new design for the lesser iPhone looks cheap.
Bec it is cheap. Yet it will cost them likely only $50 less than the one they make right now. Which means the present model is cheap too, they just used fancier materials.

Kunal Nanda said,

Didn't the iphones until 3GS all sport plastic bodies?

Yes they did...oh wait. No they didn't. It was poly-carbonate which is not a plastic. But whatever! Anyway, the above looks worse than any of the iPhones before the iPhone 4.

The above looks uglier than Samsung devices. Haha. While all the ifans are hollering they aren't going to buy a plastic phone, let us see how many buy that crap.

This is why you should never diss another brand. You brand ultimately becomes worse at some point.