A new iPhone design with a polycarbonate body similar to Apple's legacy entry-level MacBook priced at $330
A new iPhone design with a polycarbonate body similar to Apple's legacy entry-level MacBook may be in the cards for 2014, with a targeted price of $330, according to a new report.
The details were published on Thursday by Japanese blog Macotakara, which claims that Apple has "deferred" its planned release for a cheaper iPhone until next year. It suggested that the handset will be made of a material similar to the glossy polycarbonate body Apple used on its entry-level MacBook, which was discontinued after it was replaced at the $999 price point by the 11-inch MacBook Air.
Apple apparently hopes to price its new entry-level iPhone at $330, matching what the company charges for the iPad mini. It's also expected to have a slightly larger 4.5-inch display, surpassing the 4-inch iPhone 5.
The entry-level iPhone is also expected to be thicker than the iPhone 5, thanks to the use of a polycarbonate body rather than aluminum and glass. The thicker material will reportedly increase the durability of the device.
But in spite of those changes and cost cutting measures, the cheaper iPhone is said to have a design largely similar to all previous iPhones, including a home button below the LCD display.
Finally, Thursday's report also made mention of Apple's follow-up to the iPhone 5, sometimes referred to as a so-called "iPhone 5S." It claimed that Apple apparently plans to add a dual-flash LED module on the back of the device to aid in picture taking. The two flash exposures are rumored to be stacked on top of one another to the right of the camera lens.