Video shows off the iPhone 5C’s scratch resistance

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2013

Apple’s rumored mid-tier handset called the iPhone 5C is said to feature a plastic body much like the iPhone 3GS, only sturdier. Using polycarbonate plastic in place of the iPhone 5’s sensitive two-tone aluminum + glass combo should yield some much-needed advancements in the scratch resistance department, as shown in a video posted by Taiwan’s Apple Daily.

The clip also gives us the exact measurements of the iPhone 5C’s rear shell which, despite rocking the same four-inch screen as the current iPhone 5, appears to be just slightly taller and thicker than its high-end counterpart… Read More


Hands-on clip of alleged yellow iPhone 5C shell

By Cody Lee on Aug 14, 2013

At this point, we’ve seen so many photos of purported budget iPhone shells that it’s hard to imagine Apple not launching the handset this fall. But just in case you are still skeptical, we’re adding more evidence to the pile this morning.

A new hi-res hands-on video of a yellow iPhone shell, believed to belong to Apple’s low-end handset, hit the web late last night. And it gives us an extremely close up view of both the outside, and inside of the so-called iPhone 5C’s casing… Read More


Bloomberg weighs in on upcoming iPads and iPhones

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 12, 2013

With less than a month until Apple’s September 10 iPhone event, Bloomberg has scanned the blogs and talked to its unnamed sources in an effort to dig up some previously unknown “facts” about Apple’s upcoming iPhone and iPad refreshes.

Now, stop me if you’ve heard this before, but much of Bloomberg’s reporting centers around a thinner and lighter iPad 5 with iPad mini style design.

Where it gets interesting, however, is a claim that Apple also plans to introduce a Retina iPad mini this year rather than in 2014… Read More


Photos of alleged ‘iPhone 5C’ volume buttons hit the web

By Cody Lee on Aug 12, 2013

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… Read More


New report reiterates ‘5C’ name for budget iPhone, calls for a gold 5S colorway

By Cody Lee on Aug 11, 2013

It’s been a big weekend for iPhone rumors. And now that we’ve all circled September 10 on our calendars as the likely date for Apple’s big smartphone event, it’s time to start trying to figure out just what exactly it’ll unveil.

A new report out of Japan today corroborates previous chatter, claiming that we’ll be seeing two iPhones on stage that Tuesday: a low-budget model that is indeed called the ‘iPhone 5C,’ and an iPhone 5S with a gold colorway… Read More


Apple to unveil new iPhone at September 10th event

By Cody Lee on Aug 10, 2013

Apple will take the wraps off of its next generation iPhone, believed to be the iPhone 5S, on September 10, according to a new report from The WSJ-owned AllThingsD. The blog says that sources have confirmed the company is planning a media event for the date.

While we haven’t seen near the amount of “leaked” parts for the new iPhone as we have for the rumored budget model or the iPad 5, we still think we have a pretty good idea what to expect: a familiar-looking device with internal upgrades and an improved camera… Read More


New videos of alleged iPad 5 and low-cost ‘iPhone 5C’ surface

By Cody Lee on Aug 3, 2013

During Apple’s quarterly earnings call last month, Tim Cook said that the company had some “amazing new hardware” coming this fall. It’s something he’s mention several times over the past few months, and we’ve seen plenty of evidence to back it up.

Over the past 6 months, we’ve seen a number of purported part leaks for different rumored and anticipated Apple products. And today, we’re adding to the pile. This morning, two new videos hit the web of an alleged iPad 5 and the low-cost ‘iPhone 5C’…

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Pegatron investigation seemingly confirms plastic iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2013

The Wall Street Journal yesterday shared a report by New York-based China Labor Watch which had counted 86 labor rights violations in three manufacturing facilities operated by Pegatron, Apple’s contract manufacturer which assembles older iPhone 4 and 4S models.

It hasn’t escaped the attention of eagle-eyed bloggers that the working conditions report also mentions an alleged less-pricey iPhone through the mouth of one of the interviewed workers tasked with assembling Apple’s rumored device at Pegatron’s Shanghai plant.

As you know, the rumor-mill, pundits and big media alike are widely expecting the budget iPhone to feature a less-pricey polycarbonate body… Read More


Sketchy photos claim to show budget ‘iPhone 5C’ packaging

By Cody Lee on Jul 28, 2013

A new set of photos hit the web this morning, showing a number of boxes with the label ‘iPhone 5C’ on the side. Our first instinct is, of course, that these boxes belong to one of the many iPhone clones circulating about Asia. But on the off chance that there’s more to it than that, we’ve posted them.

The images come courtesy of, who has posted accurate photos of leaked parts in the past, and their theory on them is actually quite interesting. The site suggests that it’s possible that these plastic boxes are the packaging for Apple’s rumored budget iPhone, expected to debut this fall… Read More


Suspicious plastic iPhone backplate with certification markings surfaces

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 26, 2013

Here’s a nice little nugget naysayers should chew on. A photograph that surfaced on a Chinese website earlier today appears to seemingly depict a plastic chassis, presumably belonging to Apple’s rumored less-pricey iPhone model.

Now, we’ve seen these things previously shown off extensively in a high-resolution video, hires close ups and a bunch of  previously published photographs. What distinguishes this particular “leak” from others are the certification markings on the back – and that’s an unexpected treat in my book… Read More


Rumor: Apple to discontinue iPhone 5 alongside budget, 5S launch

By Cody Lee on Jul 24, 2013

A new report out of Korea today claims that Apple is going to be discontinuing production of the iPhone 5 this fall, transferring all of its efforts to its next generation flagship handset, the iPhone 5S, and the long-rumored ‘budget iPhone.’

Citing ‘industry partners’ with knowledge of the situation, ETNews is reporting this afternoon that Apple has asked its supply chain partners to wind down iPhone 5 production. And, according to the report, it plans to halt it altogether this fall… Read More


Plastic iPhone shell compared to 3GS, iPod touch in new hi-res video

By Cody Lee on Jul 24, 2013

Most of the reports we’ve seen over the past 6 months have suggested that Apple is going to be releasing a new, low-cost iPhone alongside its iPhone 5S this fall. And the theory has been corroborated by a mound of evidence, including a barrage of plastic iPhone shells.

Adding to the evidence today is Michael Kukielka, also known as the DetroitBorg, who has posted a high quality video of what appears to be a white plastic iPhone shell. Kukielka gives us a clear view of the case and compares it to the iPod touch and other iPhone models… Read More


Analyst: iPad 5/iPhone 5S/budget model in September, no Retina iPad mini in 2013

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2013

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is fast becoming the de facto most reliable Apple watcher. Expanding on his April note which advised investors to brace themselves for a delayed iDevice roll-out over manufacturing “challenges,” his just-updated shipments timetable now offers more in way of detail.

Long story short, the analyst is expecting the iPhone 5S in late-September, but in limited quantity, with the oft-rumored plastic iPhone (he’s calling it an ‘iPhone Lite’) becoming available even sooner than the iPhone 5S in early-September because its chassis is easier to make than the two-tone iPhone 5S design.

Early September will also bring us an updated iPad 5, he said, but there will be no iPad mini successor this year due to engineering issues. As for the Mac family, Kuo sees a mid-September launch of a Haswell-enabled Retina MacBook Pro, with a Haswell-driven iMac up for a late-August introduction. The full breakdown is right after the break… Read More


Hires closeups indicate plastic iPhone may borrow logic board design from iPhone 5

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 19, 2013

The sheer amount of would-be budget iPhone shells and supposed parts coming out from Asia has gotten out of hand.

Case in point: a small electronics company Techdy just recently posted several photographs that purportedly picture the chassis of Apple’s long rumored less-pricey iPhone.

These shots made rounds on the web until someone exposed them for what they are: a publicity stunt. Indeed, all of a sudden Techdy started selling an Android handset that looks like Apple’s rumored budget iPhone. This is precisely why iDB passes on dozens of tips we receive on a daily basis and instead selectively tells you about the most interesting “leaks”.

Today’s nugget fits that description perfectly. Not only does a new set of photos reveal what appears to be some sort of an iPhone shell next to the iPhone 5, they do so in intricate detail unlike most prior leaks. We have high-resolution closeups just after the break… Read More


Photos picture plastic iPhone shell next to iPhone 5

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2013

With both big mediaChinese blogs and everyone and their mother in between seemingly betting on the arrival of Apple’s polycarbonate-made mid-range handset later this year, small wonder purported spyshots of the device’s casing have been leaking out from Far East.

iOS developer Sonny Dickson, who has previously proven himself a reliable source of information about unreleased Apple products, has been on a roll these days tweeting out a number of purported plastic iPhone images. The newest series of authentic-looking images depict several colorized plastic iPhone shells, including one comparing the current iPhone 5 to the purported less-pricey model… Read More


AllThingsD confirms July iPhone 5S production, new mid-tier iPhone variant

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2013

The-not-so-reliable analyst Peter Misek made rounds last week convincing clients that mass production of the iPhone 5S was about to start later in the month, in time for a late-September or early-October launch.

Misek’s mixed track record and another surprising claim of his – that Apple has already begun production of a rumored lower-cost iPhone – led us to file the report under the ‘Unlikely’ drawer.

But the story unexpectedly grew more legs today as AllThingsD, the respectable blog owned by the credulous Wall Street Journal, independently confirmed that this is indeed the case… Read More


Analyst says mass production of iPhone 5S to start this month

By Cody Lee on Jul 15, 2013

According to Peter Misek, Apple will begin mass production of its next flagship smartphone, believed to be the iPhone 5S, later this month. The Jefferies analyst issued a note to investors this morning saying that the handset will launch in late September or early October.

Misek’s report comes hot on the heels of a story from Chinese Business News claiming that Foxconn has restarted mass-hiring assembly line workers in the Chinese mainland to prepare for 5S production. It too said Apple was preparing for an early to mid-fall introduction… Read More


More photos of alleged plastic iPhone shells surface

By Cody Lee on Jul 11, 2013

Continuing the recent flurry of alleged ‘budget iPhone‘ shell leaks, a new set of high resolution photos of the purported part have surfaced online this morning. There’s several photos actually, showing various different plastic iPhone casings in newer iPod-like colors.

For those who haven’t been following the storyline, there have been a number of reports over the past several months that Apple’s long-rumored, low-end iPhone is finally going to materialize this year. And the theory seems to be corroborated by several recent part leaks… Read More


Company selling Android handsets based on budget iPhone design

By Cody Lee on Jul 8, 2013

Over the weekend, a small electronics company named Techdy posted several photos and high quality video of, what is believed to be, the shell of Apple’s long rumored budget iPhone. Similar to previous reports, it described the device as a cross between the iPhone 5 and first-gen iPod touch.

Interestingly enough, folks who want to see what the phone looks like for themselves can actually order it. Techdy has announced that it is now selling an Android smartphone, the ‘Basic Bear,’ for $199 that has a 4-inch Retina display and features a hardware design based on the the budget iPhone… Read More


Alleged plastic iPhone shot pictures a blue variant

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 3, 2013

Last week, a usually reliable French blog found a pair of images said to depict the polycarbonate shell of Apple’s purported lower-cost iPhone. The Cupertino company has long been said to be working on a lower-cost handset to make inroads into emerging markets like China and India. If these shots are anything to go by, the budget iPhone will come in some vivid colors, like yellow, red and green.

The same blog on Wednesday re-posted another photograph that pictures a blue variant of the device, bringing the number of supposed color choices to four. More tidbits right after the break… Read More

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