If there's one thing that iPhone fan art is good for, it's giving us an idea of what the future looks like.
iPhone 6 or 6/7 is actually the Plastic iPhone
Although not rising to the level of watching a star being created in the Carina Nebula, you can see a rumor being born from other rumors over at the iMore forums.
Earlier this month, the French tech site, Nowhereelse.fr, created a stir (as noted by MacRumors among many others) when it published photos showing what appeared to be the rear shell of the rumored low-cost plastic iPhone, in a rainbow of colors.
For one member of iMore's forum, it was like, well, like an asteroid through the window.
"It just came to me like an asteroid through a window," wrote boovish, an "iMore Beginner." "Is it so crazy that this [the plastic phones above] could be the iPhone 6/7? It would be like the 3G/S but it would come in a whole bunch of different colors to match iOS 7's Crazy color scheme."
The idea apparently struck boovish's fellow posters as exactly that: so crazy.
"That would be a HUGE backwards leap. NO WAY Apple goes this route," replied rdiddy_25.
Fausty82 was blunter. "I'm calling BS on this ... just not going to happen."
Boovish deserves an "A" for effort, though.
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