iPhone 5S cheap plastic model photos leak, features 3 colours
More photos seemingly showing the much-rumoured, low-cost iPhone are doing the rounds online, as chatter around Apple’s plans continues to build in the run-up to the anticipated unveiling of new ‘product’ in the autumn.
Snaffled from serial Chinese leakers Wei Phone by French site Nowhereelsefr, the snaps show the rear shell and interior frame of a green, red and yellow editions of the handset, chiming with rumours that the lower-priced iPhone will be available in a range of iPod-style colour options.
Very much in evidence too is a plastic shell, marking a major departure from the premium materials (think: aluminium and glass) that Apple has favoured for earlier iPhones.
The change is aimed at keeping the phone’s asking price down and making it more viable in Android-dominated markets in the emerging world.
Otherwise, the iPhone 5S doesn’t look much altered from previous iterations in the design stakes, with a shape that adheres pretty strictly to the look that Apple has favoured since the iPhone 4 saw it drop the more rounded look of the iPhone 3GS in favour of a squarer form factor.
After years of speculation, the Cupertino company is expected to officially showcase its debut low-cost smartphone alongside a refreshed version of its full-price model in September.
The operating system that will power the next generation of Apple devices, aka iOS 7, was unveiled last month.
The fresh iteration of the platform features a flatter look, does away with skeuomorphic touches and adds a revamped version of the Safari browser and improved notifications, messaging and email.