iPhone 5S and “Light” model schematics tipped by case maker

Jun 19, 2013
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This year has seen it's fair share of Apple iPhone 5S and "budget" iPhone tips and rumors, and as it always seems to go, close to a release, case-makers are ramping up efforts to make their accessories hit the market first. Even though the next-generation iPhone (or iPhones) are not yet confirmed by Apple as such, this week a set of images has been pushed to the public from a set of sources that say they've got the real deal.

What you're seeing here via Apple Insider is two things: first, there's a set of plastic iPhone models that a rendering illustrator has created based on the schematics they've been given. The colors come from past color schemes of Apple-made bumpers and protectors for the iPhone and the iPod touch, while the operating system is, of course, iOS 7.

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It's been suggested more than once in the past several months that Apple might enter the mid-tier segment of the smartphone market with a device that'd take the place of their multi-priced iPhone model that includes (at the moment), the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 4. With the release of a "low cost" iPhone, there'd be an iPhone 5S, an iPhone 5, and this other new model - in multiple colors, of course.

Also included in today's collection of oddities is a set of illustrations showing the difference between what the so-called "iPhone Light" (aka budget iPhone) and the iPhone 5S would look like. The iPhone 5S would take on a form that's essentially the same as the iPhone 5 with upgraded innards while the iPhone Light would be just a smidgen thicker and would include a plastic back as well as entirely new form.

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This device would essentially be a cross between the original iPhone's form and the iPhone 4S, with sharper rounded corners than the original and a 4-inch display (though the comparison image here looks to be larger - it's a big of an optical illusion due to the bezel size.


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