Apple (AAPL) May Skip Over Expensive Metal for Low-Cost iPhone

January 15, 2013 7:31 AM EST
Recently, Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) shares have been pressured on expectations of a lower-cost iPhone in the works. Many have complained that it would put a crimp on margins and sacrifice the Company's position in quality.

But, investors shouldn't worry that much. Apple doesn't have to use expensive metal and glass in all its devices.

Digitimes is reporting that Apple may adopt a plastic chassis for a version of its lower-cost iPhone. Apple's largest OEM, Foxconn Electronics, did not comment on the rumor.

Other sources are said to have told Digitimes that the device would use a combination of plastic and metal, with internal metal parts being able to be seen from the outside via a special design.

Testing on the products is ongoing with Digitimes' sources pointing to a second-half 2013 launch.

Per usual, these rumors should be taken with a grain of salt. Using plastic might not be out of the question for a low-cost device with most users probably not being able to tell a difference anyway.

Shares of Apple are are down once again Tuesday after dropping 3.6 percent yesterday.

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