A couple of photos of what is believed to be the rear part of a plastic shell for the rumored low-cost Apple iPhone was published on the China-based WeiPhone forums. The source supposedly knows some Chinese factory workers who allowed him to take photos of the iPhone shell.
The shell is colored green, which is consistent with rumors that the more affordable Apple handsets would come in a variety of colors, including pink, blue, white, and yellow. It appears to be made of plastic, which would keep the cost down. This is contrary to earlier speculation that the Cupertino company is using a polycarbonate case for the handset.
The photographed case also sports a place for a camera flash, a camera lens, and a microphone. The Apple logo and the word “iPhone” likewise appear on the case.
This is not the first time a leak of the rumored smartphone’s rear plate surfaced. A white plastic shell which has a design similar to the iPhone 3GS has also been photographed earlier.
Rumors suggest that the upcoming handset will come with more basic specifications because of its lower price. It may come with 8GB of storage, 3G connectivity support, an A5 processor, and a 5 MP rear-facing camera. Speculations also point to a 3.5-inch display with a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels which means that images will not be as sharp and clear on this screen as they are on the Retina display. In terms of design, the device is said to be a combination of various Apple devices, such as the original iPod, the more recent iPod, and the current iPhone.
The budget Apple handset will supposedly be aimed at emerging markets, and will be a limited release. Tactus, a case manufacturer, claims that the cheaper handset could hit the market in October. Its price, meanwhile, may be somewhere around $329 without a contract.