A low-cost iPhone from Apple could be outfitted with a plastic chassis, a downgrade from the usual glass or metal design, according to the folks at DigiTimes. Citing the usual unnamed supply chain sources, Taiwan-based DigiTimes said the plastic body would be designed to cut costs on the cheaper iPhone. But other rumors tossed off by the site suggest the phone might use a mixture of plastic and metal, with the internal metal parts able to be seen from the outside. Throwing out yet a third rumor, DigiTimes also said the phone’s body would reportedly be made by a U.S.-based electronic manufacturing service. The site contacted Apple supplier Foxconn, which declined to comment on the report. The sources reportedly told DigiTimes that the parts for the low-cost iPhone are currently being validated and that the phone may hit the market in the second half of the year.
Could Low-Cost iPhone Use a Plastic Body?
Author: Shelly Palmer
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