Apple’s dark horse this year could wind up being the company’s supposed low-cost iPhone, which many believe will hit later this fall in emerging markets. When/if it does, the device will reportedly sport a more rounded, plastic back, multiple colors, and a 4-inch screen. But, of course, nothing is official yet—a case leak on Tuesday, however, is adding more support to all the budget iPhone rumors we’ve been hearing.
Designed by case maker MGM Corporation, the accessory shows a more rounded back that’s slightly thicker than the iPhone 5’s design. It’s difficult to verify the case’s authenticity, and even Macotakara, which posted a video of the case, remains skeptical. You can clearly see if doesn’t quite fit the iPhone 5, though, suggesting it’s for an Apple device yet to hit the market. It certainly lines up with the many rumors over the past several months, but the design may simply be a guess made by the case maker.
We know an iPhone 5S will hit around September/October, at least that’s what history tells us, but the jury is still out on a cheaper model. Apple still lags behind its competitors in emerging markets, data shows, and it seems the iPhone maker doesn’t want to concede too much more to the competition. A budget device certainly seems plausible, but only time will tell if Apple will truly make a play with a low-cost iPhone.