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Though we’re fairly confident that Apple will be holding an event on Tuesday, September 10 to unveil a new iPhone, we’re still not exactly sure what it will present. Safe money is on a new iPhone model, the iPhone 5S, but what else?

It’s starting to seem more and more likely that the 5S will share the stage with a lower cost, plastic handset next month. We’ve seen dozens of leaked parts corroborating the theory over the summer, and today, we’re adding a few more…

Apple enthusiast Sonny Dickson has posted (via MacRumors) a number of photos of volume buttons believed to belong to the plastic ‘iPhone 5C.‘ As with previous part leaks, the buttons are available in a variety of different, bright colors.

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Note the pill-shaped button design, which is very different from the round volume buttons found in the iPhone 5. These also match up with previous component leaks, which all had elongated openings on their sides for volume buttons.

This is the part where we usually say something like, “where there’s this much smoke, there’s usually fire.” And barring another teardrop case fiasco happening, it seems very likely that Apple has a colorful plastic handset in the pipeline.

In addition to a polycarbonate shell, and various colorways, the budget iPhone is believed to share design aspects with both the iPhone 5 and original iPod touch, with a retail price around $300. Hopefully we’ll find out more details next month.

  • Jimothy

    As much as I don’t want the budget iPhone, I’ll end up getting one. I want at least one of each model of the iPhone.

    • Victor

      That’s a real fanboy

      • Jimothy

        I have to say I love your comment. I am a fan, I’ll admit, but I’m not like the others. I am interested in Android and I don’t think iOS has the perfect system.

    • dpacemaker

      Since it seems that you have more money than sense, can I borrow some loot?

    • Jonathan

      I couldn’t agree with you more. As an apple fan, I have every single iPhone since the very first one. Have all the boxes and original accessories. I just don’t know if I would use the budget phone as much as I used all the other iPhones that I previously had.

      Here’s a photo to prove that I am truly an apple fan. All my iPhones. (I’m currently using my iPhone 5 so I couldn’t include it in this photo).

      • brooks whiffen seale

        I can do the same thing, but without a 2g or 3g, and with an ipad and mac!

      • :3

        Can you give me your 4S? :_:

      • Kurt

        Why did you take a picture of the same phone 5 times?

      • iRaj

        It’s better to let someone think you are an Idiot than to open your mouth and prove it.

      • Kurt

        I was mocking Apple for making the same looking device year after year. You should apply your statement to yourself.

    • sivkai

      You are what’s wrong with society.

      • Jimothy

        What’s wrong with a hobby? It’s okay for kids to go and buy every video game imaginable but it’s not okay with me to collect iPhones? It’s not like I’m going out and murdering people. Judge me all you want, but when I was a kid I was allowed to have NOTHING that I wanted. Now that I’m able to get whatever I want for myself and loved ones, I’m “what’s wrong with society”? Okay, sure, you’re right. Damn me for finally making myself and others happy.

      • Jimothy

        That “allowed” should be “able”.

  • Question

    This is random but in iOS 7, when safari is in private mode it looks sexier because of the the blackish look to it

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      • Jimothy

        Since you’re also on iOS 7, did you have an issue where your phone had fading color then took a long time to restart?

      • Question

        No not at all. iOS 7 beta 5 is pretty smooth and so far no problem at all.

  • Melvco

    I’m actually very anxious to see general consumer reaction to these handsets. I could see them being very popular with the younger crowd. And if they’re really priced in the $300 neighborhood, they’ll do great in prepaid and emerging markets.

    From a hardware standpoint, I think they look great. Yes, I love my aluminum iPhone as much as the next person. But the bright colors, the curves, the smooth back and edges—it should all go really well with iOS 7.

    • Alex Marwaha

      I have never heard the name “melvco” before. I like it.
      and yes I think the 5C will do excellent. many kids who say “momma I want an iphone” they’ll be like its too xpensive. now heres a 300 dolla 5c.
      also what processor do you think the 5c will have?

      • JimGresham

        The same as the iPhone 5

      • Jimothy

        If anything, I think the lowest it could go is 4, right? The iPad mini had iPad 2 specs, and that’s where I’m basing my theory. Of course, the budget phone isn’t going to be smaller.

      • Mohammed Sahib

        I don’t think so. My bet is on the A5 CPU.

      • Kurt

        I say it will have what ever the iPod Touch gets

  • Jason

    I’m a bit conflicted about the C or whatever they end up calling it but I will definitely add the 5s to my collection

  • Africanking

    Why should i upgrade my 4s for that? Why? I think I like my jailbroken iPhone 4S and I don’t see the point of upgrading.

    • JimGresham

      Get the iPhone 5S then jailbreak it a few months after the iOS 7 JB is released.

      • Kurt

        Shouldn’t he jailbreak it as soon as the JB is released instead of waiting a few months after? 🙂

  • Liam Mulcahy

    well that smoke could fake

  • Guest

    Apple makes “polycarbonate” case, Android makes “plastic”…why not write both as plastic. Instead of trying to make Apple sound better.

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  • humod aman

    I think iPhone 5c is meant for (C)hina … So don’t expect that the c will be available for any other country.

    • Maxim∑