Cheaper iPhone With Plastic Casing May Be Launched In Second Half Of 2013


Ever since the iPhone was launched, there have been rumors that Apple will launch a cheaper iPhone. The chatter has gotten a little louder this year.

Last week, Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg also reported that Apple was indeed working on a cheaper iPhone, which has added more credibility to these rumors.

DigiTimes – the Taiwanese publication now brings some more details about the cheaper iPhone. They claim that according to their supply chain sources Apple will be using plastic for its chassis instead of reinforced glass and aluminum to keep the costs low.

Apple’s rumored entry-level iPhone reportedly may adopt plastic for its chassis instead of reinforced glass or unibody metal as in the company’s standard iPhone models, to save cost, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

The rumor in the supply chain is that the inexpensive iPhone chassis supplier will reportedly be a US-based electronic manufacturing service (EMS) provider.

The report also notes that according to some rumors, Apple may use a chassis mixed with plastic and metal, with the internal metal parts being able to be seen from outside through special design. DigiTimes reports that the components for the cheaper iPhone are currently going through validation and the final product could be launched in the second part of 2013.

Currently the cheapest iPhone is the iPhone 4, a phone two generations old, which is available for $450 without any contract. According to reports, the rumored cheaper iPhone will reportedly retail for $99 to $149 without a contract.

Apple has previously used a plastic chassis for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS.

[DigiTimes via MacRumors]

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  • Drusenija

    Wouldn’t that pretty much kill the iPod Touch? Why buy an iPod Touch when you can get an actual iPhone, albeit it a cheaper one?

    • iPhoneHacks

      Yeah, actually it would make it as cheap or cheaper than the iPod nano, the $99-$149 price point seems very aggressive.

  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    we need to see tech specs and wether Apple is walking away from 4″ screen (tall but useless) in addition , plastic is nowhere cheaper then metal and glass. the cost for creating the mold is huge and that means they are planning to sell tons of iphones to return the investment or eventually, they have ripped enough money off stupid ignorant going for for glass and metal and can afford to design and sell a better case for iPhone next. take care, marc

    • Drusenija

      Unless they reuse the 3GS mould and shape, in which case all the tooling already exists which would push down the initial manufacturing costs.

  • iPepper

    I preferred my 3Gs to the 4, because of the plastic. I wasn’t worried so much about the plastic scratching as I was with the glass (And it was cheaper to replace). I would love an upgraded 3Gs with a retina display and faster processor and a bit more ram. The rest could stay the same.

  • Jonas

    it’s like going back in time

  • razielpr

    more apple junk to the market

  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    @drusenija:disqus. You’re definitely new to the iphone scene maybe to Apple inc. manufacturing in general and my “bad bed bad” personality is tempted to use my Ninja tools to kick You out of the scene. (as an M press i cut throat of a queen with no heart throbbing and with sharp jaws of a shark) How can You fit a 4″ display into a 3g/3gs mold shape? i am not expecting Apple to reduce size of the screen away from 4″ eventually , a slightly wider screen to adjust the non appealing look of the actual iphone5. marc