Alleged Photo of Forthcoming Low-Cost iPhone Leaked

A photo of the rear case of the rumored forthcoming low-cost iPhone appeared on Tactus yesterday. There's no way of knowing whether it's the real deal, but it is in line with other rumors. The photo shows a white polycarbonate shell, just as rumors had suggested. It also indicates the phone is both taller and wider than the iPhone 4 or 4S.

The post also propagates its own rumors, saying the phone will have a 3.5-inch Retina display like the iPhone 4/4S, a 5-megapixel camera, and A5 processor. Tactus also says it will come in five colors: black, white, blue, red, and yellow, and that it will be available in October for $300.

Of course, one never knows whether there's any truth to these rumors, nor if it's an actual photo or a fake. Plus, even if Apple does release such a phone, many rumors say it will only sell it in developing countries and not in the United States. Persistent rumors often turn out to be true, but sometimes even the most persistent rumors never come to fruition. An iTV has been rumored for quite some time, but we still haven't seen it. And when the iPhone 4S came out many were expecting a form-factor like the iPhone 5. Cases for a larger phone had even shown up on merchant websites.

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A market analyst shared predictions with AppleInsider, saying the next-generation 9.7-inch iPad will come out in August or September, will be 15 percent thinner, and 25 percent lighter. I was hoping for an even slimmer and lighter device. The analyst also predicts it will have an A7X processor and an iPad mini-like form factor. He doesn't see the camera improving upon the current 5-megapixel camera.

Meanwhile, Apple is set to announce its quarterly results next week. Its stock has fallen below $400 following reports that one of Apple's major suppliers told investors its top client had cut back on its orders. Market watchers assumed the supplier was referring to Apple, and that this indicated Apple's sales slowing.

Apple CEO Tim Cook begs to differ. In the most recent quarterly meeting with shareholders, Cook said there are many factors that could account for reduced need for components from Apple's suppliers and that investors shouldn't read into something that isn't there. Nevertheless, the stock continues to drop. Now would probably be a good time to buy.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.