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The new, cheaper plastic iPhone… leaked

Who best to be your source for leaks than the accessory makers? After all, Apple in particular gives them sneak peeks of upcoming products so that they can design bumpers, cases and protectors for it in time for its eventual release.

So accessory-maker Tactus was the one to leak an image of the “possible” (and now practically certain) low-cost iPhone that is to come out at the end of the year.

It’s a sea of plastic, very unlike your usual Apple aluminum-clad products. Well, not really: we quickly forget that the iPhone 3G was a plastic phone too so this isn’t exactly a departure for Apple.

Tactus leaked the image two months ago, and it caused curiosity at most. But now that the plastic iPhone is all but inevitable, it has sparked renewed interest.

According to the Tactus leak, the budget iPhone will be taller and wider than the iPhone 4, have a 3.5-inch retina display and a 5 megapixel camera, and that the phone will be available in black, white, red, yellow and blue.

Hmmm. Those are Lumia colors. Apparently, Apple is taking aim to take back the tweener market from Nokia’s clutches.

The Tactus leak also predicts a US$300 price point and a release date of October 15.

Now the latest rumors say that the “iPhone Mini” (a misnomer as this is a bigger phone) will come in five to six colors, including pink, will have its display made by Korea’s LG, and that Apple is currently experiencing difficulty getting the colors just right in the manufacturing process so this could cause a possible delay. But the low-cost iPhone should be announced in September… along with the upcoming iPhone 5S.



Art is a long-time editor for a number of technology publications. He is a Palanca-winning writer (he got lucky) whose day job is to try to be as serious as possible while being a management consultant and lecturer. His favorite noodles: chapchae.

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