Budget iPhone Will Be a Cross Between the iPhone 5, iPod Touch, iPod Classic?

Posted January 28, 2013 at 5:28pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 8019 views

A new detailed report from iLounge reveals that Apple's budget iPhone will be a cross between the iPhone 5, iPod touch, and iPod classic.

The phone is said to be .5mm taller and wider and 1mm thicker than the iPhone 5. It will feature a mainly plastic chassis as rumored and look almost identical to the iPhone 5 from the front. It's screen resolution will remain 1136x640 and likely use Gorilla Glass.

When turned on its side the volume buttons will be elongated similar to the iPod touch; rather than circular like the iPhone.

Apple’s budget housing looks closest to the iPod classic in shape, though not in materials. Unlike the plastic iPhone 3G/3GS, which featured soft curves on all sides, the budget iPhone’s curves start and end at flat surfaces, so each side and the back are flat. This seems like a trivial change, until you realize that it allows Apple to use flat rather than curve-matched parts: the right side has a flat, centered SIM card tray just like the iPhone 5’s, while all of the buttons and ports are on flat rather than curved surfaces. A flat-backed iPhone won’t rock on a flat surface when it vibrates, either.

The back features a camera, microphone, and rear flash but without a protruding lens. The microphone is circular instead of pill-shaped.

The bottom is a hybrid of the iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5G. A headphone port, Lightning port, bottom microphone, and speaker are in roughly the same positions as the iPhone 5’s, but with far fewer holes, similar to the new iPod touch’s bottom design. There’s one small hole for a second microphone, next to the headphone port, two screw holes alongside the centered Lightning port, and four holes for the speaker off to the bottom right.

Thus, according to the report, the phone will look like the iPhone 5 from the front, an iPod classic from the side, and an iPod touch on the bottom.

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Daniel Ashraf Gerges - January 29, 2013 at 6:44pm
Still better looking than many Android phones out there. I like the "three devices in one" design.
chris mann - January 29, 2013 at 5:31am
It will still be better quality than most Android devices - yes, though probably higher price, too. AND - it will be running on holy apples, not on the lowly green robots. :)
Page - January 28, 2013 at 5:45pm
I wouldn't go for a plastic bodied iPhone will wait for the 5s or 6 or what ever they call it
Reverend3Horn - January 28, 2013 at 5:54pm
Then it wasn't meant for you. I t's a "budget" phone, meant for people who would normally choose an inexpensive Android-based phone.
Page - January 28, 2013 at 6:41pm
Lol ....yeah pretty sure the build quality will be better than most androids
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