There have been a number of rumors over the course of the past week looking to the production of a lower-priced version of the iPad, to be released later this year in addition to Apple’s next flagship iPhone. One of those claims looked to the idea that this new iPhone would feature a construction substantially made out of polycarbonate. Now a pair of new rumors arrive to revisit that idea, one supporting it, and on suggesting a slightly different route.
Digitimes cites supply chain sources as indicating that this cheap iPhone would use a plastic chassis manufactured by an unnamed US-based company.
Separately, it’s heard other rumors that, while the phone would have plastic elements, its design would be more of a mix of plastic and metal, with certain parts of the phone’s internal metal frame showing-through to the outside.
Without more to go on, it’s difficult to assess how much faith to put in either of these ideas. If there is an iota of truth to any of this, we might hope to see this budget-priced iPhone launch sometime in the second half of the year.