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Budget iPhone rear shell ‘leaked’

Case maker Tactus has revealed a photograph of a leaked iPhone rear casing, suggesting a budget iPhone is on its way

Case maker Tactus has posted a photo of what it claims is the rear shell of the upcoming budget iPhone. The casing appears to be made of plastic, and looks like a cross between the 5th-generation iPod touch and a classic white iPod. The image shows three spaces on the side of the casing, which may suggest separate volume buttons alongside the mute/rotation lock switch.

Tactus has no real history of leaks, so it’s hard to know just how legitimate the images are. Still, the image seems to be in line with previous rumours about a rear plastic shell, with dimensions that appear similar to that of an iPhone 4 and a design that is in line with suggestions about a more retro Apple look.

However, Tactus also has come forward with information about the internals of the iPhone, which seems unlikely considering the casing gives nothing away about the inside of the device:

“I’ve also heard on the grapevine that the alleged budget iPhone will have an A5 processor like the iPad mini with a 32nm diecast. It’s also rumoured it will have a 3.5-inch retina screen, much like the 4S, but not as big as the iPhone 5 – a few more pennies saved with that compromise!

With a little more Tactus-style sleuthing I’ve also discovered the factory producing this secretive project have confirmed the device will be available in Black, White, Blue, Red and Yellow – it will be highly interesting to see how that fits in to Apple’s current aesthetic…”

Again, Tactus has no notable track record for such leaks, so it’s hard to know how accurate these claims are. We’re expecting invites for WWDC to appear some time next week, probably on Wednesday, and that might be where we get our first glimpse of the new iPhone models.