Apple to Use Plastic Chassis for Entry-Level iPhone?
Apple's rumored entry-level iPhone could use a plastic chassis to save on costs, according to DigiTimes' supply chain sources.
The rumor in the supply chain is that the inexpensive iPhone chassis supplier will reportedly be a US-based electronic manufacturing service (EMS) provider.
However, other rumors are circulating that the entry-level iPhone will adopt a chassis mixed with plastic and metal, with the internal metal parts being able to be seen from outside through special design, the sources noted.
The site's sources say that upstream components for the entry-level iPhone are going through validation now and the device could be released in the second half of 2013.
The WSJ, Bloomberg, and DigiTimes have all reported that the company plans to release a low cost iPhone this year to address emerging markets.