Cheaper iPhone to switch to plastic shell, metal internals?

It’s official: January 2013 will forever be known as “the month of the low-cost iPhone rumors”. We’ve read various reports from reputable publications all singing from the same hymn sheet. WSJ and Bloomberg both “confirmed” an earlier DigiTimes report, while Reuters debunked it and then rescinded its debunking following some poor translation of a Chinese interview with Phil Schiller, Apple’s SVP of global marketing.

Now we have further details to add to the speculation. According to the recent whispers from DigiTimes‘ sources, the cheaper iPhone will feature a plastic chassis instead of the glass/aluminum combination found on the 4, 4S and 5. It’s possible that the internals could still feature a lot of metal, but, the rear shell will be plastic (kinda like the 3G/3GS). But with a twist, the plastic could be slightly transparent giving users a view of the internals.

However, other rumors are circulating that the entry-level iPhone will adopt a chassis mixed with plastic and metal, with the internal metal parts being able to be seen from outside through special design, the sources noted.

Although I’m not entirely convinced, I’m still not going to be bold enough to say it’ll never happen. I’ve done that before. That said, it doesn’t sound likely. What do you think? Do you want a semi-opaque plastic iPhone on the market?

Via: DigiTimes, 9to5Mac

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  • Whether the rumor is true or not, I hope Apple will soon release a phone that’s cheaper than the iPhone 5, so that consumers who don’t have much money can still experience some if not all the wonderful features found in that phone.

  • ChristianDominguez

    Are you kidding me? When in the past six years has there been an Apple product in which the internals were revealed by the casing? Jony Ive would never propose such an idea.