New photos have appeared online of what is believed to be a prototype of a cheap plastic iPhone 4, which is expected to replace the 3GS that Apple currently shifts as their low-cost version. Although this is great news, we cannot help thinking that it doesn’t add up. There are three issues with this, which we will discuss a little later, but do not hold your breath on this one.
When looking at the photos of this (which you can do so by visiting AppleInsider) you will notice just how similar it is to the current version. However, there is said to be a number of changes to help reduce the cost and make it more affordable to others. One of those changes was doing away with the glass front and back and replacing it with plastic instead.
The validity of the source of this prototype has come into question, but they have supplied us with spot on news before, so we see no reason why this should be any different. However, we all know the game that has been played with rumored iPhone handsets in the past, so we will have to say that the jury is out on this one.
9 to 5 Mac is not convinced and points to three things that we should be skeptical about. The first is the fact that the phone is running Cydia, the second is the white speaker grille and the third is they do not think that Apple would replace the glass with plastic.
OK, so we have to agree with them on these points, but there is one other thing that they overlooked, the antenna, as it still looks the same as the one on the current iPhone 4 — pretty certain that Apple would have addressed that issue even if it is a cheaper model.
We have to agree that they would not replace the front of the phone with plastic, but we see no reason why they would not do it with the rear. There is already talk that the glass will go and it its place will be metal one again — much like the original. Cannot see it being as heavy though, maybe Apple will go for a light yet tough metal?
Could this really be the so-called iPhone 4S what we have been hearing so much about? If this is found to be true, then we wonder if Apple will release it at the same time as the iPhone 5 — whenever that will be?