(Image Source: CNET

BY SCOTT MALONE

ANCHOR NEVILLE MILLER


Rumors of a new low-cost iPhone continue to swirl despite denials from the top of the Apple food chain.

“Apple executive Phil Schiller reportedly spoke with to the Shanghai Evening News about the buzz of a budget iPhone. He says, and I quote, ‘never be the future of Apple’s products.’” (Via KENS)

But a blogger for The Next Web points out that “Schiller’s statements aren’t conclusive” as to what price points Apple will be targeting. The blogger adds that essentially all Schiller said was “cheap smartphones aren’t really Apple’s fare.”

So is Schiller trying to take a big bite out of the rumors swirling around Apple? Or is he just blowing smoke? A writer for DigiTimes spoke with sources in Apple’s parts supply chain, and they say where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

The writer reports Apple’s rumored low-cost iPhone may either “adopt plastic for its chassis instead of reinforced glass or unibody metal” used in the standard model, or use “a chassis mixed with plastic and metal, with the internal metal parts [visible] from the outside.”

But a writer for CNET says don’t take those rumors to the bank just yet, because plastic isn’t exactly in Apple’s sense of style.

“Even if Apple does roll out a lower-cost iPhone, the company is unlikely to use a plastic body. Plastic signifies cheap, and Apple is not one to go the cheap route. It’s more likely the company would find other ways to keep costs down.”

But a blogger for Mac Rumors is quick to highlight that Apple has used plastic enclosures already. The company used them on the 3GS models, and they did just fine.

DigiTimes also claims the low-cost iPhone will be released sometime in the second half of this year.

Undying 'Cheap iPhone' Talk Points to Plastic

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Jan 15, 2013

Undying 'Cheap iPhone' Talk Points to Plastic

 

(Image Source: CNET

BY SCOTT MALONE

ANCHOR NEVILLE MILLER


Rumors of a new low-cost iPhone continue to swirl despite denials from the top of the Apple food chain.

“Apple executive Phil Schiller reportedly spoke with to the Shanghai Evening News about the buzz of a budget iPhone. He says, and I quote, ‘never be the future of Apple’s products.’” (Via KENS)

But a blogger for The Next Web points out that “Schiller’s statements aren’t conclusive” as to what price points Apple will be targeting. The blogger adds that essentially all Schiller said was “cheap smartphones aren’t really Apple’s fare.”

So is Schiller trying to take a big bite out of the rumors swirling around Apple? Or is he just blowing smoke? A writer for DigiTimes spoke with sources in Apple’s parts supply chain, and they say where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

The writer reports Apple’s rumored low-cost iPhone may either “adopt plastic for its chassis instead of reinforced glass or unibody metal” used in the standard model, or use “a chassis mixed with plastic and metal, with the internal metal parts [visible] from the outside.”

But a writer for CNET says don’t take those rumors to the bank just yet, because plastic isn’t exactly in Apple’s sense of style.

“Even if Apple does roll out a lower-cost iPhone, the company is unlikely to use a plastic body. Plastic signifies cheap, and Apple is not one to go the cheap route. It’s more likely the company would find other ways to keep costs down.”

But a blogger for Mac Rumors is quick to highlight that Apple has used plastic enclosures already. The company used them on the 3GS models, and they did just fine.

DigiTimes also claims the low-cost iPhone will be released sometime in the second half of this year.

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