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Leak may show cheaper iPhone 4 with plastic, not glass

updated 09:30 am EDT, Thu July 28, 2011

iPhone 4 may switch from glass back to plastic

A purported sighting of a cheaper iPhone 4 has suggested that Apple might take a new strategy of upgrading the older phone even as it introduces a genuinely new model. Well-known Vietnamese leakers Tinhte have shown a design they say has replaced the glass front and back with plastic, presumably to lower the price. Simultaneously, though, it's believed to be faster than the current model, suggesting a possible speed upgrade, though not necessarily the A5.

Apart from the material change, the device is outwardly identical to the model it might replace. Various clues exist that it's a real prototype, regardless of its production plans, including XXXXX placeholders on the regulatory IDs and what looks to be a developer package download.

Most rumors still point to at least one new iPhone in September. Since 2009, Apple has made a point of selling an older iPhone as a budget model, but it has usually left the design unchanged other than cutting storage. The new design, if representative, would be the first time Apple more visibly changed components.

Both rumors and Apple's own allusions have pointed to a cheaper iPhone being more of a priority than usual this year. Apple is known to be keen to head off competition from a wave of cheaper Android phones from firms like Huawei and ZTE and has also seen rapid growth in China, up 600 percent in one year, that could be served by a lower-end iPhone than usual.

by MacNN Staff



  1. flippyzip

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This can't

    be that much cheaper than the current iPhone 4. I was looking forward to a cheaper 3GS.

  1. Pilsner6910

    Joined: Dec 1969


    hind sight

    setting my iphone down by accident on the table with a speck of sand cracking my front glass makes me wish it was plastic now. this glass they touted as being stronger then plastic and wont replace now unless i cough up $200. its an obvious design flaw now if they are turning to plastic.

    dont get me started on my 21.5" iMac screen with the yellow blur they wont replace lol

    what Apple needs to do is start owning up to their mistakes and fixing them for the consumer. when they know they've done wrong

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: hind sight

    That yellow blur is a feature, not a defect. Duh.

  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @ Pilsner6910

    How much do you charge Google and Microsoft for your trolling?

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple is going to be the first $1 trillion company

    so suck my d*ck, Apple-haters.

  1. johnson8ryley

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not a developer package

    That"developer package" is someone actually adding a source on cydia which means that I doubt this is a legitimate prototype because it would not be running a full version of iOS. Ive jailbroken all my devices since 2009 (ipod touch 2g, iPod touch 4g, iPad) so im very aware what the picture is actually of

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