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Budget iPhone casing spotted in leaked photo

Rumours and reports have suggested that Apple is working on a budget version of the iPhone that will cater towards emerging markets. The latest piece of news that seems to back that up is a leaked image showing the supposed plastic back casing for the budget iPhone. Case manufacturer Tactus managed to snap images of the rear shell after it was seen at parts supplier for Foxconn.

There’s nothing too shocking about this alleged rear shell, but it’s not hard to see Apple going with this choice of materials and design. The flat back is reminiscent of the latest iPod touch, but with a cheaper – and no doubt easier to manufacture – plastic build. Think of the iPhone 3GS, then remove the shiny gloss and rounded back – that could just be what Apple has in mind for a more affordable phone.

Other details? The shell is apparently slightly wider and longer than the iPhone 4S, so we could be seeing the same 4-inch screen used on the iPhone 5 and iPod touch. Specs for the lower-cost iPhone are said to include Apple’s A5 processor – currently used in the iPod touch and iPad mini – along with a 5-megapixel camera.

Finally, Tactus reveals that the the factory currently producing these cases is  making them in multiple colours, including black, white, red, blue, and yellow. That matches up with previous reports that suggested Apple would be introducing a line of colours with the budget iPhone. It’s also a trend we’ve seen time and time again across Apple’s range of iPods, so it’s not hard to imagine that Apple might mix things up in the smartphone department by introducing more colours.

[spotted at Engadget]

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