More Photos Back Up iPhone 5C Launch

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As we get closer to Apple's September 10 iPhone event more photos of the rumored iPhone 5C are surfacing, and the latest looks to come straight from the manufacturing plant in Shanghai. The new iPhone 5C leak shows several of the devices on piled on a rack for testing and presumably is the last photo the employee snapped before losing their job.

A test rack for the iPhone 5C in a Pegatron production facilityA test rack for the iPhone 5C in a Pegatron production facility

The photo hit the Web on the Chinese site Sina Weibo with the comment, "The low-end iPhone 5C to be launched for Chinese consumers in September doesn't look much different than the Xiaomi Phone 2, right?"

Engadget did a little digging and found that the photo was taken in a Pegatron factory, which puts it in the right place for iPhone manufacturing. The person that took the photo joined Pegatron's quality control department in July, which would potentially give them access to the parts of the factory where iPhones are being tested ahead of boxing for sale.

The iPhone 5C is the rumored lower priced iPhone model expected to be introduced at Apple's September media event. It is said to have a scratch resistant plastic back in several colors, which fits with the leaked photos we've seen so far. The 5C also looks to be slightly bigger than the iPhone 5, but with the same size display.

Apple hasn't officially announced its September 10 media event yet, but it has been reported to be happening by AllThingsD and The Loop.


Lee Dronick

I am looking forward to seeing how in expensive is, or isn’t, is the cheap iPhone, and what features it doesn’t have that makes it cheap.


If I had to make a guess, I would say that the 5C will have roughly the same specs as the iPhone 5, and the 5S will get a slew of new whiz-bang features and upgrades to differentiate it.


...basically the same as selling the previous generation iPhone at a discount… just with a new plastic case.


With the leaks that have happened so far, the only thing Apple really has left to do at this point is tell us when the iPhone 5C will hit store shelves.

Unless this is all a clever plan on the part of Apple. Maybe they’ve been leaking spy photos and rumors, planting stories, even getting Jim Dalrymple on board with a huge program of deception and misdirection. On September 9th, (the first surprise), they will actually release a 7” phablit running an Intel processor and WinPhone8 (the real iOS7) in either a green and yellow paisley, scottish tartan plaid, or gold lamay. They will also announce that Tim Cook is going to replace Steve Ballmer because Apple has secretly purchased Microsoft.

Then the guys withe the butterfly nets arrive.


{quote]They will also announce that Tim Cook is going to replace Steve Ballmer because Apple has secretly purchased Microsoft.

Nah… that’s not nearly dramatic enough… Scott Forstall is going to be the next CEO at Microsoft. Talk about renewing a rivalry!!


Does anyone wonder if this photo is real?  Look at the haphazard way these supposed iPhones are lined up for “testing”. Some phones are on top of other phones…tangled cords plugged into ordinary power strips…they are using shelving that the phones could fall through!  This does NOT look like a professional electronics fabrication facility testing lab.

No, this is absolutely NOT a real photo.  I can’t imagine testing MILLIONS of phones this way.

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