The latest leaked image of Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) so-called low-cost iPhone reveals several plastic casing colors. A previous image showed iPhone shells in bright green, yellow, and red; the new image shows white and blue plastic casings.
Like the original leaked image, this latest photo also comes courtesy of French website nowhereelse.fr. Besides potentially revealing the colors of Apple’s budget iPhone, the photo also shows the interior metal substructure of the casings. Steve Hemmerstoffer at nowhereelse.fr claims he was able to match up the holes on these casings to the attachment points found on a purported iPhone 5S motherboard previously leaked by the Japan-based retailer Moumantai.
Although it is interesting to point out the compatibility between these two separate leaks, it should be noted that neither of these components could be independently confirmed as genuine Apple products. In fact, nowhereelse.fr speculates that these plastic casings may only be for a “vulgar Chinese copy.”
In a note to investors earlier this month, Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White predicted the existence of an “iPhone mini” that would be offered in multiple color options. Many analysts have long been calling for Apple to release a budget iPhone that would help the company better compete in emerging markets like China.
Apple CEO Tim Cook helped stoke speculation about the possible launch of a low-cost iPhone when he refused to dismiss the idea of releasing multiple versions of the iPhone. “We haven’t so far. That doesn’t shut out the future,” he said at the All Things D conference. ”It takes a lot of really hard work to do a phone when you manage the hardware and software and services in it. We’ve put our focused on doing that right. We haven’t been focused on working multiple lines.”
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