Leaked Design Drawings Reveal Expected Budget iPhone and iPhone 5S Dimensions


AppleInsider has shared a set of design drawings that show expected specifications for the dimensions and profiles of both the iPhone 5S and budget iPhone. The details surfaced just a day after we had seen the first alleged low-cost iPhone case.


According to information provided by the drawings, the dimensions of the iPhone 5 and 5S are almost identical, suggesting that case makers are expecting the same physical layout and size as the high-end handset.

The low-cost iPhone, on the other hand, is expected to be about 0.6 mm taller, 0.6 mm wider, and 0.8 mm thicker than the currently available iPhone design. In addition, the image leak shows rounded edges, which is in line with what Jeremy Horwitz of iLounge shared back in January after holding a low-cost iPhone prototype in his hands. The low-cost iPhone is rumoured to be adopting plastic shell, which is one of the reasons for its larger body.

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Also, the drawing apparently reinforces iLounge’s description of the budget iPhone: pill-shaped side button; bottom edge reminiscent of the iPod touch. The iPhone will also include a two screw holes — one on each side of the Lightning connector — and a microphone socket close to the headphone jack socket.

Although these could be a genuine drawing, previous leaks have been incorrect, with the most notable being the 2011 teardrop-shaped iPhone design.


  • ryanrobert

    I dont see the benefit of a budget iPhone. If I get an iPhone, I want it to be a “real” iPhone. I don’t want a cheap, low cost version.

  • Jamie

    I agree…

  • FragilityG4

    If the budget iPhone rumours are true, this phone would be geared more towards the European markets as most of the telecoms there do not deal with subsides.

  • K3

    what if you cant afford the “real” one out right, your service provider’s 3 year contract is up and you don’t want to commit to that three year lock down all over again?

  • That’s it, I’m going to downgrade to a BlackBerry Curve.

  • K3

    ???? okay but if you start drinking Appletini’s man ????….

    Just had a funny idea- with the talk last week of a US carrier entering into Canada’s wireless pool…

    What if Apple is actually that company looking to take the leap as a service provider and this phone model is the option because any contracts are seen as all out garbage.

    .. what a nice change to the tech scene that would bring.

  • ryanrobert

    I’m hoping that Verizon enters the Canadian market by purchasing Wind Mobile. It will take some time to get a network established, but I can see some benefits when traveling to the US and connecting to a US Verizon network.

  • Anthony W

    Same screen size for iPhone 5S. Off to Samsung S4 if this is true.