Budget iPhone Rear Shell Supposedly Leaks

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Earlier in the week, case manufacturer Tactus shared photos of cases that were supposedly designed for the next generation iPad. These cases fell in line with what we expect from the next iPad, showcasing a slimmer design with smaller bezels. Today, that same company shared photos of what they say is the shell of the purported low-cost iPhone.

Interestingly, this design lines up with the volume switch hardware we saw last week from iLab Factory. As MacRumors notes, it is also “consistent with iLounge‘s January description of the device.”

Furthermore, Tactus reports that the device will ship with hardware similar to that of the iPad mini: packing an A5 chip and a 5-megapixel rear camera. The device is also rumored to come in five colors: black, white, blue, red, and yellow. Tactus says the device will come with a 3.5-inch Retina display rather than the 4-inch display seen in the latest iPhone and iPod touch models. This contradicts what KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in March.

If Apple is introducing a “budget” iPhone, I would guess this rumored mold may turn out to be the real deal. WWDC is drawing near, and Apple has been suspiciously quiet.

The shell falls in line with every other rumor we’ve heard so far with the exception of one thing: its screen. I can’t see Apple reintroducing a 3.5-inch model phone to the market. And the case above looks to be tall enough for a 4-inch screen anyway.

What do you think about this purported “budget” model of the iPhone?

[Tactus via MacRumors]

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