Budget iPhone (Nickolay Lamm and Matteo Gianni concept 002)

Apple’s rumored less-pricey iPhone has been widely reported by analysts, supply chain sources, pundits and big media as arriving later this year in a range of colors and encased in a super-thin plastic casing mixed with glass fiber. Taking it all in, concept artists Nickolay Lamm and Matteo Gianni have created created an interesting renderings depicting the four-inch device with a curved backside and a translucent plastic shell resembling Apple’s G3 iMac…

Apple, of course, in the past used translucent plastic to make the iMac G3 seem less alien to consumers.

“The ability to see inside the computer made the device seem less mysterious and much more personal,” the designer duo explains.

iMac G3 blue

They write:

We’ve gotten so used to our smartphones that we aren’t the least bit impressed with the technology that makes them work.

The translucent material can do the same thing for the budget iPhone what it did for the iMac G3: open up our eyes as to the incredible advances in computing that have been made and make people excited about buying a phone again.

Here are a few more renderings, via Business Insider.

Budget iPhone (Nickolay Lamm and Matteo Gianni concept 001)

Budget iPhone (Nickolay Lamm and Matteo Gianni concept 003)

Budget iPhone (Nickolay Lamm and Matteo Gianni concept 005)

Budget iPhone (Nickolay Lamm and Matteo Gianni concept 004)

More are available via the Business Insider article so check it out and join us in the comments below for a discussion.

Though these mockups matche up nicely to the rumor-mill reports, I personally like Martin Hajek’s polycarbonate budget iPhone renderings better – it just looks less cheap to me.

  • Duskchill

    Looks like it’ll brake any second now

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    Not certain why anyone would want to see through the back plate. I’m not a fan of this.

  • lol looks like the new ipod touch

  • looks cheap.

  • youuu must be kidding

  • Now if the made the screens match the back that’d be pretty cool, I know screen coloring is possibly because I have a red iPad 2

  • Mr.Ocean

    I think this looks pretty awesome. Very retro! 🙂 – Would buy this one.

  • Nash

    I like it.

  • No matter what, if this is true, Samsung will magically change their whole product line to translucent cases 😉

    • Vegeta, what does the scouter say about his fanboy level?!!!

    • Bob

      Ughh, I hate Samsung so much. Reminds me of some dude who usto sit next to me in class, he would copy every single thing I wrote, word for word. The teacher knew he was copying but he didn’t care.

  • None of you guys are ever happy with apple rumours. i think it looks cool and so what if it looks cheap and weak, all iPhones break easily any way so whats the difference? I would definitely get one of these.

    • @dongiuj

      Because us guys aren’t fanGIRLS.

  • bigzjoseph

    Booooooo the ipod 5g are ok but this hell no

  • Why the hate? that looks really good.

  • pawfyd

    Those are the best budget iPhone concepts I have ever seen. Better looking than all the previous iPhones. I’m not kidding, I just love the colorful retro look! <3

  • Guest

    This would be awesome in 1997… oh wait..

  • You got it the prob is already fixed and looks cooooool!!!!

  • Noooooooo! Please you guyz should stop posting this kinda iPhone concept.. This make me wanna throw up million times. Soooo ugly & toylike! Apple can never produce this and call it an iPhone.. Ever! Ugh..

  • @dongiuj

    Looks cheaper than budget.

  • Problem is, what about camera flash? It’s going to make the photo look greenish or bluish!

    • doubt it

    • Khawaja Harris

      it has a camera flash, look again .

      • I know it had camera flash, but the flash is going to reflect the translucent case, giving it a colored hue…

  • love this idea, if they do i’d get the Graphite colour way in homaje to my first ever Mac product.

  • Jimothy

    I’d buy a green iPhone.

  • batongxue

    IMO, it kind of looks like a toy.
    Hopefully, I would not get a “Budget iPhone” anyway.

  • Hyr3m

    Pretty sleek but I see one fugly thing in there ruining the whole thing… That white around the holes at the bottom and on the volume buttons, make them in an opaque version of the color of the back and do the same with the Apple logo. (Or put them in opaque black along with the front, or dark metallic or something…). That would make them look really badass whereas now they look like toys (just like the iMacs did).

  • Guest

    just fuckin osam!:)

  • Steve Jobs

    Why didn’t i had this idea? :/

  • Welcome back to the 1990’s with ugly translucent devices everywhere.

  • That just looks amazing!

  • I think this would be fuckin’ awesome! With an A5 chip and 3G this would sell like crazy I think. But how do you mass produce something like this with so many flavors to so many outlets? Unless you incorporated an unlocked chip and ran with the BYOD model like T-Mobile and Net10. Actually I think alot of carriers do that now. I think I could make this happen in my head if it were 16GB for $399.

  • Tony Klapatch

    Looks great, but wouldn’t light from the screen be able to shine through?