Pictures of plastic budget iPhone appear online

News Paul Briden 06:51, 29 Jan 2013

Pictures have leaked online showing Apple's forthcoming budget iPhone model and its plastic build

Snapshots of what is claimed to be the rumoured budget iPhone, made from plastic, have appeared online.

You might think these are fakes, but in this particular case we think this isn't so. Why's that? Well, the pictures come courtesy of iLounge, citing its 'reliable sources,' which gives us some confidence in the legitimacy of the images because iLounge has proved reliable on such leaks for Apple products before.

The pictures show something very similar looking to the current-generation iPhone 5 but with accents from Apple's iPod range.

The front panel is very iPhone 5-like but on the rear it sports quite a curvy and shiny back panel which appears to have a plastic sheen to it.

According to iLounge's report the budget iPhone is only around half a millimeter taller and wider and around a millimeter thicker than the iPhone 5, all of which will, of course, be barely noticable.

Allegedly the 4-inch display will retain the iPhone 5's 1136x640 pixel resolution and Gorilla Glass as well as the slightly protruding stance of the glass on the front of the handset.

Solid volume control buttons mounted on the sides will be noticably different from the iPhone range, bearing more in common with the iPod series with its elongated buttons rather than circular ones.

The camera and flash on the rear panel are set up similarly to the iPod Touch, although the lens is flush, while the ports at the bottom include a headphone jack, speaker and Lightning port.

iLounge says: 'In summary, the budget iPhone will look a lot like an iPhone 5 from the front, an iPod classic from the side, and an iPod touch 5G on the bottom—only made from plastic rather than glass or metal. It won’t make any bold departures from past Apple designs, but then, it’s supposed to be an inexpensive iPhone, and achieves that goal pretty much as expected.'

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