Apple secrecy and security is probably only paralleled by that of the Pentagon. And much like that government agency, they’re not impervious to leaks. Case in point is the above picture depicting what appears to be packaging for the next iPhone, the iPhone C – rumor suggests that the C insinuates “color” (or cheap), as in a colored or cheaper iPhone 5.
And adding fuel to that fire, is a report today that emerged from a non-profit labor organization China Labor Watch. While their goal is to monitor the working conditions of Chinese workers, the report gathered evidence, albeit without the intention of creating a leak, that Apple would in fact release a plastic iPhone to the market sometime this year.
The task is pretty easy, and I was able to work independently after a five-minute instruction from a veteran employee. It took around a minute to paste protective film on one rear cover. The new cell phone has not yet been put into mass production, so quantity is not as important. This makes our job more slow-paced than in departments that have begun mass production schedules.
It’s no secret that Apple is working on a cheaper iPhone and rumors have long pointed to it being made of plastic. However, the initial rumors suggested that the next iPhone would be called the iPhone 5s, a name variation we originally saw when the iPhone 4s emerged. And we all know that that phone turned out to be nothing more than an iterative update.
It’s still not clear what the iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s will cost, or if they’ll release two new versions (doubtful), though it stands to reason that it will likely be half the cost of the iPhone 5 and likely only come in one size, 16GB. That all said, rumors point to a September 18th release date for the iPhone 5, though those are very speculative.
Update: video added above that shows the cheaper iPhone’s chassis, or backing, in pretty extensive detail.