Could this plastic case be for the budget iPhone 5C?

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iPhone-5C-white-case-rumour.jpgRe-mortgaging your house to buy the latest Apple smartphone could soon be a thing of the past, if rumours that the Cupertino company are planning to release a cheaper variant are to be believed. This morning we’ve already seen a leaked photo of packaging suggesting the handset could be called the iPhone 5C, and now we’ve potentially got a good, relatively-clear look at the what’s said to be the phone’s chassis.

Posted to Chinese site Weibo, the image shows a white plastic case for the handset, adorned with a black Apple logo, all the official American FCC stamps, a lightning charging port on the bottom and room for a headphone jack.

Now, it’s totally possible (likely even) that this is a fake – putting together a plastic iPhone case takes far less effort than an aluminium one. You just have to look at the ridiculous amount of iPhone knock-offs and imitations flooding the Chinese black market to find that out. But the rumours are coming thick and fast now, and they all conform to the plastic casing spec that would likely drive the cost of the handset down. Where there’s smoke, etc etc…

German blog iFun have tipped the launch of both the cheap iPhone and iPhone 5S to be pencilled in for September 6. We’ll bring all the official details if ever Apple announce them.

Gerald Lynch