updated 08:11 am EDT, Thu April 4, 2013
Rumored budget iPhone could take design cues from original iMac
A designer commissioned by UK site Myvouchercodes has developed a concept for the rumored budget iPhone said to be due later this year. If the rumored Apple device looks anything like designer Nickolay Lamm's render, Apple might find itself selling two iPhones each to some customers; a high-end device for power users who might also be nostalgic for a retro-futuristic entry model resembling the original iMac. Lamm based his design on leaked information regarding the appearance of the device, which hint at a see-through plastic case in a variety of color options.
The leaked information [sub. req.] Lamm drew from came from the historically hit-or-miss Taiwanese site Digitimes, which can sometimes gain an insight into Apple and other company's plans thanks to its sources in the Taiwanese upstream supply chain. According to Digitimes' sources, "the entry-level iPhone will adopt a chassis mixed with plastic and metal, with the internal metal parts being able to be seen from outside through special design..."
There have been persistent rumors circulating recently suggesting that Apple is prepping a "low cost" version of its iPhone. It is said to be aimed particularly at the large pre-paid markets in countries like China and India. Apple's market share in developing smartphone markets is comparatively weak, largely because of the high costs associated with purchasing a new iPhone upfront. Although Apple has often continued selling superseded devices to help make the iPhone more affordable, the rumored device would, for example, retain the larger 4-inch display of the iPhone 5. [via Pocket-lint]