Is This An iPhone 5c Going Through Quality Control?


The iPhone 5c is probably the worst kept secret in the entire history of Apple. Now the redesign of the iPhone 4S, which by all accounts is what the upcoming 5c will be, just got a little bit leakier.

The shot above supposedly comes from the social media profile of a Pegatron worker who focuses on quality control. If nothing else, everything about that story lines up from a corporate perspective; Apple is actively working with Pegatron on manufacturing its products, and the person posting this image is located in Shanghai, where Pegatron has a major manufacturing facility.

The phones in this picture appear to be in the warming up phase: Essentially, the phones are tested to make sure that they’re fully functional and that there are no defects before they’re boxed up and shipped out. It’s the last step in a long, arduous and sometimes dangerous procedure to ensure that the tiny computer you put in your pocket isn’t a lemon.

There’s some question as to whether this is actually the 5c. The Chinese knockoff industry works at lightning speed these days and they could very well have stamped out an enormous number of these to meet the supposed demand. And there is the question of the backing; while it’s a given that the 5c will have a plastic back to reduce costs, it’s been rumored to come in several colors; the only one we’re seeing in this photo is white, but then again, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other colors in the works, or that the rumor is wrong.


One way or the other, it’s fairly safe to assume that come September, we’ll be greeting a new kind of iPhone, or at least an old friend dressed up in new clothes. Now the question is, how much will it cost?

Dan Seitz

Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.

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