August 25, 2013
With its expected official announcement just around the corner, Apple's rumored "iPhone 5C," which is said to be launched alongside the equally rumored "iPhone 5S," has been turning up in leaked photos. And apparently, one of the latest of such photos comes to us right out of Pegatron, one of Apple's major suppliers. The new photo, which appears to show a number of iPhone 5C units undergoing a rather topsy-turvy quality control setup, was first spotted by NoWhereElse. But it was Engadget that did some further sleuthing and concluded that the photo was posted on Sina Weibo by an employee of Pegatron's Shanghai plant:
According to her posts, the cheeky employee -- or more likely an ex-employee at this point -- in question joined the company's quality control department around mid-July. In an earlier comment, she also hinted that her plant is responsible for the latest Mac mini as well.The photo was posted yesterday and accompanied by a short caption comparing the Apple's long-rumored low-end handset to Beijing-based Xiaomi Tech's high-end Xiaomi Phone 2 smartphone:
The low-end iPhone 5C to be launched for Chinese consumers in September doesn't look much different than the Xiaomi Phone 2, right?While the the iPhone 5S is expected to be a midterm upgrade to its flagship iPhone handset, the iPhone 5C is said to constitute a low-cost option that has less impressive internals and a plastic housing. You can see some photos of a partially assembled iPhone 5C's housing and front panel here. Both the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S are expected to be announced at a media event to be hosted by Apple on Sept. 10, 2013.