The Japanese blog Macotakara claims that Apple has “deferred” its planned release for a cheaper iPhone until next year and that it will be made of a material similar to the glossy polycarbonate body Apple used on its entry-level MacBook. The phone is expected to have a slightly larger “4.5-inch” display and will start at $330, matching the charges for the iPad mini.
The entry-level iPhone is also expected to be thicker than the iPhone 5, thanks to the use of a polycarbonate body rather than aluminum and glass. The thicker material will reportedly increase the durability of the device.
But in spite of those changes and cost cutting measures, the cheaper iPhone is said to have a design largely similar to all previous iPhones, including a home button below the LCD display.