Rumors are flying around the internet today with talk of a new low-cost iPhone model that may be in development by Apple. With the long awaited iPhone 6 seemingly around the corner with most sources speculating that September will be the new iPhone announcement from Apple, this leak of a new low cost iPhone may also be on deck to be unveiled at the same time.
Cheap iPhone Leak Source: China-Based Apple Manufacturer
The news hit many blogs today, including reputable tech blogs such as Tech Crunch article here: Plastic Casing For Apple’s Low-Cost iPhone Gets Confirmed In A Supplier Responsibility Investigation.
The article describes an Apple manufacturer in China that was being investigated by under-cover reporters for China Labor Watch who were documenting working conditions in the factory, and stumbled upon the production of a lightweight, plastic casing for the phone itself, rather than the traditional metal and glass. This, like many leaks about upcoming Apple products, is information right from the source of Apple’s own Chinese based manufacturing, that echoes some previous rumors about Apple developing a new, cheaper iPhone that could reach much further into the lower end of the market compared to the higher costs of iPhone 5, and what will be most likely typical pricing for the yet-to-be-announced iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S.
On page 11 of the 62-page report, Pegatron is documented assembling phones and tablets for Apple, and is quoted:
“Its assembled products include iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, and low-priced plastic iPhones.”
And also in the report, quote:
“Today’s work is to paste protective film on the iPhone’s plastic back cover to prevent it from being scratched on assembly lines. This iPhone model with a plastic cover will soon be released on the market by Apple […] The new cell phone has not yet been put into mass production, so quantity is not as important.”
Is This Apple’s Response to the Samsung Galaxy?
With the Samsung Galaxy line of phones on the rise in popularity and gaining more and more market share in the race to capture the world’s billions of new smartphone users that will join the mobile revolution, it makes sense for Apple to respond to the popularity of the Galaxy phones with a product that also has a lightweight plastic construction and can be sold at a much lower price point. The low cost of the Samsung line, like many Android phone options, is a big part of why these phones have been able to sell very well and gain back much of the market share that Apple grabbed with massive success of the revolutionary smart phone. Internationally this is a big sale point for consumers who can’t quite afford the premium Apple products.
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Rest assured that we will keep a close watch on the new Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, Low-Cost iphone, or any other new iPhone rumors that are piling up and leaking great new sneak peaks into the upcoming Apple devices. As soon as the specs are available, we’ll be adding cases from our top phone case brands and partners so you can create a custom iphone case for the new phones as soon as possible. If the new low cost iPhone does in fact come with a ligher, more fragile plastic outer shell, then protective cases will be even more necessary to protect against drops, falls, or other scratches, bumps and bruises.
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Check our Homepage and our Blog for news of the new cases as soon as we release them. Sometimes, we’re even able to open up designs for the new phone before it’s released, so that you might even be able to get your custom designed case ready for your next iPhone on Day 1! Thanks to manufacturing leaks like this one and many, many more, we’ll quickly as possible launch our support to design-your-own iPhone 6 case (or 5S, or Light, or Air, or whatever they will name them)!
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Check back soon for more updates on the new iPhone :)