Accessory makers have begun manufacturing cases for Apple’s much anticipated budget iPhone based on design plans that are believed to have originated at Apple. AppleInsider offered a first look at the schematics they are using.
The above 3D rendering was created by a well-known third-party case manufacturer based on blueprints it received that are alleged to reveal the design of a so-called “iPhone Lite.” The design shows curved edges and a slightly thicker frame, consistent with other rumors and leaks that have come before.
People familiar with the accessories industry say they believe strongly that the design documents are legitimate and represent what Apple’s low-cost iPhone will look like.
As can be seen in the diagrams below, the handset is expected to resemble the iPhone 5, and will include the same 4-inch screen, home button, and FaceTime camera on the front of the phone.
The alleged schematics also show that the next flagship in the iPhone lineup, unofficially the “iPhone 5S,” will have basically the same design as the iPhone 5. From the look of the drawings, the budget iPhone would be slightly wider and taller than the 5S.
It looks as if the the “iPhone Lite” will have the same general layout of previous iPhone models, with space on the bottom for the headphone jack, Lightning connector, and speaker output. The top is where the lock button will be, with volume controls on the left side.
The back of the “iPhone Lite” is also shown to have an iSight camera, rear-facing microphone, and singular LED flash.
This isn’t the first time case makers have bet on unofficial “advance knowledge.” We’ll be watching to see if this wager pays off.