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]