Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Plastic iPhone shell compared to 3GS, iPod touch in new hi-res

Most of the reports we’ve seen over the past 6 months have suggested that is going to be relsing a new,low-cost iPhonlongside itsiPhone 5Sthis fall. And the theory has been corroborated by a mound of evidence, including a barrage of plastic iPhone shells.Adding to the evidence today isMichael Kukielka, also known asthe DetroitBorg, who has posted a high quality of what apprs to be a white plastic iPhone shell. Kukielka gives us a clr view of the case and compares it to the iPod touch and other iPhone models…Here’s his (via9to5Mac):There’s a few things worth noting in the . First, the plastic shell clrly matches up withthe other ones we’ve seenover the past few weeks, in various of colors. And two, notice how Kukielka describes the phone as a cross between the iPhone 3GS and the iPod touch.This matches up with a report from a January report byiLounge’s Jeremy Horwitz—well before shells started turning up:“’s budget housing looks closest to the iPod classic in shape, though not in materials. Unlike the plastic iPhone 3G/3GS, which ftured soft curves on all sides, the budget iPhone’s curves start and end at flat surfaces, so ch side and the back are flat. This seems like a trivial change, until you rlize that it allows to use flat rather than curve-matched parts: the right side has a flat, centered SIM card tray just like the iPhone 5’s, while all of the buttons and ports are on flat rather than curved surfaces. A flat-backed iPhone won’t rock on a flat surface when it vibrates, either.”And that’s the thing with this so-called budget iPhone. The rumors and reports have beenveryconsistent for averylong time, all pointing to a handset made up of plastic and metal, resembling the iPhone 5, with more rounded edges and a price tag somewhere around $300.Pundits expect that such a device, even with mid-tier pricing, would help dramatically incrse its marketshare in emerging markets like India, Russia and China. It would also likely do well here in the US,where carriers seemto be slowly doing away with device subsidies.

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