Since more than a few analysts, leakers, and reports think Apple is going to build a colorful set of plastic, low cost iPhones, we wondered what such an animal would look like. Since Apple already makes colorful iPod touches we started there. One report said that Apple would create at least three additional colors in addition to white and black. iLounge had more specifics saying it took some elements of iPhone, iPod touch and iPod classic? Since we didn’t know which colors to pick, we decided to do ten. Tactus claimed to have the plastic shell so we threw in a little of that as well. We then fed it to one of our favorite 3D modelers Ferry Passchier. He did an incredible job combining the reports into a realistic render with the color options above. He also provided us with a real life render below.

iphone_handCredit: Ferry Passchier

With iPhones that look this colorfully delicious, I wonder if Apple is worried about cannibalizing its popular aluminum models? Some other previous renders and leaks follow: Tactus leaked the following rear shell, which they produced with a lot of unlikely information. Then they leaked some iPad stuff that was likely fake, so it is hard to put a lot of faith in this. But here it is anyway.

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The iCulture renders above are similar to what we’ve done, but we don’t believe that Apple will color the front of the iPhones. Two reasons why: iPod touches are all white fronts (plus the black model) meaning that it is non-trivial for Apple to do such a thing. Remember how hard it was for Apple to figure out the white glass on the iPhone 4?

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 Apple went away from the translucent look with the lamp iMacs and aluminum G5s about a decade ago and is unlikely to return just yet.

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