Apple may be all about premium materials nowadays, but one designer is out to prove a plastic iPhone can look just as impressive as those fashioned from metal.
Produced by Ran Avni and spotted by Cult of Mac, the render illustrates what Apple’s next-generation iPhone could look like if it were made of plastic rather than aluminium and glass like the iPhone 5.
The result is an impressive concept that's proof that despite the perceived inferiority of plastic, it isn’t at odds with the trademark design ethos that’s made Apple’s smartphones so popular around the world.
At first glimpse, Ravni’s handset looks largely similar to the iPhone 5, but at the back it boasts smoother, curvier edges that immediately bring the iPad mini to mind.
While we don’t think that Apple would, or even should, make its flagship kit out of plastic, it certainly wouldn’t be a wrong choice for the more affordable version that’s been a staple of the rumour-mill for some time now.
Unofficially dubbed the iPhone mini, a cheaper Apple smartphone is expected to retain the four-inch display of the iPhone 5, but recycle other parts from older models, such as an A5 processor from the iPhone 4S and an eight-megapixel camera.
Apple is widely tipped to unveil a less costly iPhone alongside its flagship model this year – possibly in summer or autumn.
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