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(Pocket-lint) - Rumours suggesting that Apple will launch a cheap, budget iPhone at some point in 2013 still persist. It's not surprising, people like a good rumour. People also like pretty concept pictures, and that's what we have here. 

Getting all excited is Myvouchercodes.com, which has commissioned a designer, Nickolay Lamm, to come up with what he thinks Apple should do, based on a single quote from DigiTimes. 

“The entry-level iPhone will adopt a chassis mixed with plastic and metal, with the internal metal parts being able to be seen from outside through special design, the sources noted,” said the Taiwanese news site DigiTimes.

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With that in mind, the resulting concept pictures hark back to the good old days of the iMac G3. Remember, the one with the coloured see-through chassis?

Why? Well, according to the Myvouchercodes site: "Smartphone designs have somewhat stagnated, and show how Apple can turn the tables on competitors by reminding consumers of the incredible technology that goes into a smartphone, as opposed to making major hardware innovations."

Lamm also notes that the idea is based on making the phone less alien to the consumer, showing them how it works - just as the iMac G3 did.

We aren't sure whether we like it or not, but if we had to pick a colour, we would go for the light-blue one. Which colour would you choose?

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Writing by Stuart Miles.