Today, following recent rumors surrounding the possible lower-cost iPhone, MacRumors posted several high-quality renderings of the physical features such a device may very well embody. In addition to a lower-cost iPhone with a silver backing, one image depicts several iPhones in yellow, red and green.
The renderings seem to closely match the measurements and proposed physical features that were outlined in earlier leaked design drawings. Moreover, the new images highlight the lower-cost iPhone as somewhat of a hybrid between the current iPhone 5 and the 5th generation iPod touch.
In spite of the apparent all metal look, the mockups were created based on recent information surrounding the device, (including that it will likely sport a plastic casing) to provide a realistic look at the iPhone’s design, size and shape.
The iPhones pictured in the renderings were created slightly thicker than the current iPhone 5, measuring at 8.5 mm thick instead of the iPhone 5′s thickness of 7.6 mm. It’s said that the lower-cost iPhone is also slightly taller and wider than it’s full-priced counterpart to account for the bulkier plastic shell.
Furthermore, the volume buttons and speaker and microphone grills seem to be more reminiscent of the latest iPod touch and iPad mini models than of the same physical features on the iPhone 5.
Apple is expected to release their soon-to-be flagship iPhone 5S later this year in the fall – the lower-cost iPhone will likely be made available at the same time, which will offer consumers an added option to help make the iPhone more affordable when purchased off contract. Stay tuned for complete coverage on both Apple’s rumored iPhone 5S the watered down, less expensive iPhone model.