iPhone Rumor of the Day 1/15 - Cheap iPhone Coming in Plastic?


Everything old is eventually new again, especially on the ongoing rumors about a new, cheaper iPhone allegedly making its debut later later year. The latest chapter comes again from Digitimes and claims that the new, cheaper iPhone will be closer in making to the iPhone 3GS which waaay back in 2009, had a plastic enclousure as well.

The other new twist? The case will mix plastic and metal with the internal metal parts being visible inside. Just what you were hoping for from your phone.

We've been calling 'BS' here all week since rumors started surfacing on sources ranging from DigiTimes to Bloomberg News about Apple working on a new, cheaper line of $99 to $149 iPhones. It never made sense to US because they already achieve this via price-cuts to older models like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS that are still being offered, virtually free.

Last week, Bloomberg news jumped on the bandwagon as well, noting that "the budget iPhone will launch "as soon as this year," according to sources familiar which Apple's plans who chose not to be named. The device will be part of a push to attract customers in developing nations, but will also be made available in the U.S. and other developed markets. Apple is said to be "weighing retail prices of $99 to $149 for a device that would debut in late 2013, at the earliest," Bloomberg reports, and the company has already "spoken to at least one of the top U.S. wireless carriers about its plans.""

Apple most recently announced on December 17th that it has sold over two million of its new iPhone 5 in China, just three days after its launch on December 14. iPhone 5 was made available in more than 100 countries by the end of December, making it the fastest iPhone rollout ever.

"Customer response to iPhone 5 in China has been incredible, setting a new record with the best first weekend sales ever in China," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "China is a very important market for us and customers there cannot wait to get their hands on Apple products."

iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance; and ultrafast wireless technology*-all while delivering even better battery life.** iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world's most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features including: Shared Photo Streams, all-new Maps app, Passbook organization and even more Siri features and languages including Mandarin.