An alleged photo of Apple’s long-rumored, low-cost iPhone has surfaced, courtesy of accessory manufacturer Tactus via MacRumors. As seen below, the image appears to be a unibody plastic rear shell, reminiscent of the discontinued Macbook laptop. Tactus’ “network of spies” claims that the purported phone will utilize the same A5 processor found in the iPad mini, and will feature a 3.5-inch Retina display.
Specifics regarding the device’s dimensions are unclear, although it is said to be both taller and wider and the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Similar to the most recent iPod touch, the budget iPhone will reportedly be available in black, white, blue, red, and yellow.
Smartphone sales at AT&T and Verizon Wireless over the past two years show that Android isn’t growing in the U.S. and that all new growth is coming from Apple’s iPhone.
A report by Benedict Evans highlights the clearly evident trends among American iPhone carriers (above).
Evans also drew attention to the cyclical nature of iPhone sales, which peaked at both AT&T and Verizon after the launch of the iPhone 4S in 2011 and the iPhone 5 last fall. Android phones aren’t doing that, however.