A number of photos, which claim to be a new iPhone 4 prototype, have been leaked by a Vietnamese site. The site is no stranger to outing new devices and has previously released details of prototypes for the iPhone 4 and the iPod Touch, correctly unveiling details of a new camera. The site said that the new iPhone 4s is lighter, faster and instead of glass, sports a plastic front and back casing.
If these reports are accurate, rumors of Apple releasing a cheaper and thinner iPhone could be true after all.
The sources have pointed out a major difference between the iPhone 4 and this prototype: the glass front and back casing of the original iPhone 4 is replaced by transparent plastic, allegedly to decrease the production cost, which allows Apple to sell the phone at a lower price.
Since 2009, Apple has made it a point to sell older iPhone models as budget phones, leaving the design unchanged and cutting its storage. This new design, if true, would be the first time that Apple has built a budget phone model that features more visibly changed components.
Apple may be thinking that Android smartphones are becoming increasingly competitive, a low-end iPhone would be able to bring down the Android onslaught, giving people a less expensive iPhone 4. Because the glass iPhone 4 is too expensive to make, a plastic version could let Apple get a hold of the low-end market.
Do you think Apple do need to launch a budget iPhone alongside the iPhone 5?
via: Mac Rumors