$330 polycarbonate iPhone said to arrive next year with 4.5-inch display

By , Feb 28, 2013

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard any talk regarding the rumored budget iPhone. Speculation involving Apple’s secret iWatch project, and next-gen iPad models have all but taken over the rumor mill in recent weeks.

But that changes today, with a new report from Japanese blog Macotakara. The site, which has proven to have accurate sources, says that the cheaper iPhone exists, has a polycarbonate body, and will arrive in 2014…

According to the blog (via AppleInsider), Apple’s plans for its budget handset have been pushed back a year, as it continues to iron out its design. But it still offers up a few interesting details about the device.

It appears that the iPhone is going to feature a polycarbonate body—similar to what it used on its discontinued white plastic MacBook models—and it’s going to have an unsubsidized price tag (or full retail) of just $330.

The lower-cost phone is also said to include a 4.5-inch display, which is significantly larger than the iPhone 5’s display, but still smaller than the rumored 4.8-inch display that was made popular by “iPhone Plus” reports.

And as for its design, Macotakara says that the budget iPhone will measure somewhat thicker than the current models, given the thicker material being used on its body. But it will otherwise look very similar to the iPhone 5.

Additionally, the site adds that the iPhone 5S, which is widely expected to drop in June of this year, will adapt a dual-flash camera system and an enhanced iSight sensor—something we’ve heard in previous reports.

It’ll be interesting to follow these rumors throughout the year, and see which ones materialize. There’s been a lot of talk about both cheaper and larger iPhone models, so it seems like there might be something to them.

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  • Liam Mulcahy

    iWish but will properly never happen :(

  • dedegarrido

    apparently next year I won’t be upgrading my iPhone… 4.5 inch screen?? seriosly why??

  • Guest

    As much as I hate 4″+ displays, I believe Apple will make more of a profit and attract consumers that did not like the 3.5″ or 4″ screen and have waited for an iPhone with a bigger screen.

  • iDon’tWantToShareMyDetails

    Not really a fan of this big displays, it feels clumsy, it requires a bigger battery and makes you look like a fuckin idiot when you take it out in the subway for example. I think 3.5 – 4 inches are absolute max.

    • Jaye

      Amen.

    • http://twitter.com/goldstanza Notaus nottelling

      we all know you love 3.5 to 4 inches

      • Darth Lag

        Is “that what she said”?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002090550614 Kash Gummaraju

      since when did someone who pulled out an s3 in the subway look like an idiot? Why don’t you open your eyes for once. Yes the note and anything that has bigger than 5 inch screens looks like one…but you are just a narrow-minded isheep. You make the rest of us apple fans look bad. You are the apple fan stereotype.

      • iDon’tWantToShareMyDetails

        Its you know… a fucking phone, not a tablet.

      • genXhippie

        Yes, it’s phone. Tablets tend to have 7-10 inch screens, not 4.5-4.8 inch screens.

      • iDon’tWantToShareMyDetails

        They do, but the phone is supposed to be light, fit in the pocket and get you through the day with a single charge. Now how do you think 4.5″ device fits in this category? Not to mention the idiotic need for bigger screens: this is not a TV, its a mobile device – you need it to be small rugged and reliable.

        Its amazing that people still forget the main function of the iPhones is not to watch porn on a crowded bus, but talk to people.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mykelxmonroe Mykel Monroe

        Fuck yeah dude, lol.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002090550614 Kash Gummaraju

        Ok hear me out, I’m a die-hard apple fan, but I keep my eyes open and mind as well. How narrow minded can you get? Seriously have you ever held a droid DNA in your hand? It’s not that big neither is the s3. Let me guess you have tiny hands. Is that

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002090550614 Kash Gummaraju

        Is that why you think anything above 4″ is huge and not considered a phone?

      • iDon’tWantToShareMyDetails

        Why are you concluding that i’m an Apple fan, i’ve never tried phones with bigger screens or that i’m narrow minded? It’s my own fucking opinion that phones above 4” are joke – take it as you wish. If you feel the need to defend multi-bullion dollar companies – don’t do it, they don’t need you as PR.

  • ap3604

    2014? How about 2015 rumors while your at it?

    Oh and don’t forget a 2016 rumor too!

    :rollseyes:

    • Jimothy

      You left out 2017!

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        um im looking to 2018 to be the best rumor year..

  • http://twitter.com/mmcgwire67 Matt McGwire

    They need to up the screen size. Just switched from iPhone 4S to a Nexus 4. When i switched back to reset it for selling the iPhone it just felt sooooo small. Won’t be going back to Apple unless they get a 5 inch screen and widen it as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bunna.chea.5 Bunna Chea

    So now what does people that think iphone will the be only one that they use and criticize that android screen are too big going to used and say? They come out and say that it the perfect size and it brilliant of apple to do that… Lol I used iPhone 5 so don’t said I’m a fanboy to android

    • sambuzzlight

      “it’s just amazing” but i do hate anything more than a screen size if 5 inches

  • Irfan Tarique

    Cool story bro

  • dady king

    Now wat happen to apple standards, every company wanna make money .. However it is .. I was just thinking why not sell iOS To other mobile company as well like android.. Apple will roll outa money to keep.. It will just rock

  • Guest

    Maybe Apple is just trying to fool Samsung.
    If not, they should. lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    OMG this is IDBs favorite filler story… if there os no news they will post this story 1000 times

  • http://twitter.com/don_afrim Don_Afrim

    Apple should make iPhones in three different sizes. iPhone 4″, iPhone 4.8″ and iPhone 5.5″. Make them thin with a slim bezel. Maybe keep the 3.5″ display from the iPhone 4 for a budget iPhone. As simple as that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002090550614 Kash Gummaraju

      How about only 4.5″ though

  • sambuzzlight

    can someone enlighten me what is dual flash camera?