Leaked iPhone Image Fuels Speculation

New images surfaced online overnight that reportedly show what is believed to be the so-called budget iPhone model – a low-cost iPhone designed to win over customers in emerging mobile markets where the regular iPhone still carries too much of a premium price tag to gain the critical mass Apple wants.

This morning, tech blog Tactus posted an exclusive image of what is professed to be the rear plastic casing of the budget-model iPhone, a device that cold reach consumers and profoundly impact key global markets before year’s end.

“So what exactly is this image hinting at?” Tactus posts. “Well, it looks like it features an all uniform plastic polycarbonate shell – very different to the iPhone 5′s sleek aluminum look, but still modern and covetable…”

“…the plastic shell measures in at 0.4-0.6mm thick,” the speculation wraps up, “however the actual phone might be around 9mm thick, 120mm in height and around 62-65mm in width, which means it’s likely both taller and wider than the iPhone 4/4s!”

Although Apple’s next-gen iPhone 5S could debut as soon as this June, a specific window for launch on the “cheap iPhone” remains speculative at best.