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NewsPoster Jan 28, 2013 01:29 PM
Cheap iPhone to use curved plastic design, rumor claims
The rumored <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/278428==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/01/25/ipad.5.only.expected.in.october/" rel='nofollow'>low-cost iPhone</a> may resemble an iPhone 5 from the front, but otherwise use a different, mostly plastic design, <em>iLounge</em> sources claim. The device is expected to keep the iPhone 5's 4-inch screen, but elsewhere use blend traits of the normal iPhone 5 with the iPod styling. This includes curved edges similar to the iPod classic, and a bottom akin to the fifth-generation iPod touch.<br />
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Aside from using plastic instead of metal, another alleged tradeoff of the new phone is a slight increase in size. The hardware is <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/278110==http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/backstage/comments/new-details-on-apples-budget-iphone-5/" rel='nofollow'>said</a> to be "a half-millimeter taller and a half-millimeter wider" than the iPhone 5, and "almost" a millimeter thicker. The back the device is claimed to have a camera, microphone, and rear flash arrangement similar to the new Touch, but without a protruding lens, and a circular mic hole instead of a pill-shaped one. Port arrangement is reportedly similar to the iPhone 5, but with fewer surrounding holes; among these are a hole for a second mic next to the headphone port, two screw holes next to the Lightning port, and four holes for the speaker on the bottom right.

The veracity of <em>iLounge</em>'s claims are still up in the air, since the site has yet to produce supporting photos, and reports of a cheap-yet-new iPhone have circulated for years without bearing fruit. So far, the company has addressed cost complaints by keeping older iPhones on the market.
 
bobolicious Jan 28, 2013 04:42 PM
I miss the candy/pebble
I miss the shapes of my 2g/3gs... they were softer in hand and pocket... :)
 
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