The rumor that Apple is working on releasing a budget entry level iPhone for emerging markets just won’t go away. This morning, in a report by hit and miss rumor site Digitimes, it is claimed that the low end design may adopt plastic instead of the high quality materials used in its usual model. Not a great surprise if the low end iPhone is to become a reality as Apple would have to save some money on its make up somewhere along the line.
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. However, Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) declined to comment on its clients or orders when asked about the report.
In addition to the component rumors, Digitimes is also hearing that the actual low end iPhone chassis will be manufactured by a US-based electronic manufacturing service provider and that it will be made up from metal and plastic and may even have a see through body showing off the internal components from the outside. The rumors all stem from the supposed Apple component supply chain and from our experience should be taken with a gargantuan sized grain of salt; the rumors appear to be getting more crazy by the day. Having said that, the WSJ, Bloomberg and others are all saying that the budget low end iPhone is happening, we will have to wait and see.