The buzz about Apple working on the production of a low-priced entry level iPhone for developing marketplaces is still present and timely. A recent report by DigiTimes, posted this morning, suggests that the low end design may adopt plastic instead of the high quality materials used in typical iPhone model. The rumors still seems to be rational, as in order to make up somewhere along the line, Apple would definitely have to save some money.
The extract from today’s report reads: “Apple's rumored entry-level iPhone reportedly may adopt plastic for its chassis instead of reinforced glass or unibody metal as in the company's standard iPhone models, to save cost, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. However, Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) declined to comment on its clients or orders when asked about the report.”
On top of the part rumors, it’s also suggested that the actual low end iPhone chassis will be manufactured by a US-based electronic producing service provider and that it will consist of metal and plastic. It may even have a see through body pretensioning the internal parts from the outside.
All these speculations have stemmed from the supposed change in Apple component supply chain, and traditionally, they all should be taken with a grain of salt, based on our previous experience.