A patent which could be related to Apple's rumored budget iPhone or iPhone 5S has surfaced online
The budget iPhone (possibly iPhone 5S?) has surfaced again, this time via a patent.
The recently approved patent application was uncovered by Tom's Hardware, which appears to show a plain, plastic device, devoid of any hardware keys or FaceTime camera, which could well be the cheap iPhone that the world has been talking about.
The patent is described as, "a portable device has a rear facing camera assembly and a front facing display assembly that includes at least a protective cover layer, a display stack that includes a plurality of display components arranged in a plurality of interconnected layers, the display stack providing an imaging service, and a flat support chassis arranged to provide support for the display stack."
The application was applied for on February 21 2012, awarded on January 29 2013 and appears under the names of Apple developers Chong Yip Chow, Hongqin Zhang, Shizhe Shen and Michael DiVincent.
The cynical/perceptive among us might be thinking it's just a patent for an accessory or a new iPod but deep, deep down we're hoping Apple might have finally opted to enter the real world and set its sights on Google's recently revealed 'low-budget, high performance' business model.
While we don't know much of this apocryphal beast, what we do know is that the device, which is rumored to include a Retina Display, will reportedly be aimed at cutting Apple a fat slice of one of the most verdant markets in the world, that of mainland China, and in a country where the average annual wage is around $3000 it stands to reason that a cheaper device is going to be needed - but where does that leave the rest of the world?