Rumours suggest the release of a plastic iPhone

Filed under: Industry News — Posted by: Daniel on March 27, 2013

Speculation is rife that Apple’s next instalment in its line-up of popular iPhones will feature a plastic case instead of aluminium.

Observers have predicted that the device could be launched some time in 2013. In keeping with its place as a budget option, the device may feature a screen with a lower resolution than is featured on the latest model – which has a display resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels.

Amit Daryanani, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets, said he believes the plastic iPhone will feature the same four-inch display as the iPhone 5. Daryanani further predicted the absence of Retina Display – Apple’s brand name for its liquid crystal displays on which, due to high pixel density, the human eye is unable to make out individual pixels at typical viewing distance.

Further, according to Daryanani, the lower pricing will allow Apple to target the increasingly important segment of the market that favours Smartphones sold for under £250 at retail price.

The rumours about the plastic iPhone surfaced back in January when an advert sought a manufacturing design engineer with experience in plastics.

The original job posting read:

“Areas of focus will be ‘non-traditional’ Apple plastic processing such as thermoforming, foam molding, blow molding, etc., and their application to new Apple products.”

Other smartphone manufacturers have implemented plastic casing before now, acknowledging the advantages it offers in weight, production and durability. Manufacturers in a host of areas now use plastic in areas where metal was traditionally used, such as the use of sheet plastic in place of sheet metal.

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