Bigger, thicker, cheaper, plastic iPhone coming next year (rumor) via CNET

New report says Apple is cooking up a 4.5-inch plastic iPhone that will cost far less than current models but won't ship till next year.
Apple's iPhone 5 makes use of aluminum and ceramics.
Apple's iPhone 5 makes use of aluminum and ceramics.
(Credit: Josh Lowensohn/CNET)
Holdouts expecting a larger version of the iPhone this year will have to keep on waiting, a new report says.
Citing sources, Japanese Apple-news site Macotakara says such a device is instead slated for next year, and will use plastic instead of aluminum for its body.
Macotakara says the device will sport a polycarbonate plastic enclosure much like the one found on the MacBook and iBook before it. Other rumored details include a 4.5-inch screen, which would be half an inch larger than the one found on the iPhone 5 and iPod Touch; Apple's usual home button; and a $330 price tag that would be a little less than half of the average selling price of the iPhone 5 (without carrier subsidy).
As MacRumors notes, Macotakara has had a mixed rumor scorecard, but it had accurate information about Apple's latest batch of iPods, some two months before they were officially unveiled.

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