Case manufacturer Tactus has published a photo, which it claims is the rear shell of Apple’s rumored lower-cost iPhone.
As you can see from the photo above, the casing seems to be made of plastic, which is in line rumors that have indicated that Apple will use a plastic casing for the budget iPhone instead of an aluminum casing to keep the costs down.
Tactus also claims that the budget iPhone will be powered by Apple’s A5 chip, come with a 5-megapixel camera, 3.5-inch screen and will be available in five color – black, white, blue, red, and yellow.
Back in January, iLounge had reported that according to their sources, the budget iPhone will have a 4-inch screen like the iPhone 5, a bottom like the 5th generation iPod touch, and a shape that’s similar to the iPod classic.
Apple’s budget housing looks closest to the iPod classic in shape, though not in materials. Unlike the plastic iPhone 3G/3GS, which featured soft curves on all sides, the budget iPhone’s curves start and end at flat surfaces, so each side and the back are flat. This seems like a trivial change, until you realize that it allows Apple 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.
iLounge had also noted that the budget iPhone will come with elongated, pill-shaped volume buttons instead of the circular volume buttons of iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. So as MacRumors points out, the part is consistent with iLounge’s description of budget iPhone, except for the screen size.
Tactus also claims that Apple will launch the budget iPhone on October 15 and will be priced at $300.
What do you think of the purported photo of the budget iPhone rear casing? Real, fake or really fake?