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Photo of Plastic Packaging with 'iPhone 5C' Name Surfaces

An image posted on Chinese site WeiPhone appears to show plastic retail packaging marked with the name "iPhone 5C". If the packaging is genuine, and it has not yet been confirmed to be, it could be for Apple's long-rumored plastic iPhone. The image was first noticed by French site Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate].

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The "C" designation would presumably refer to the various color options available on the rumored lower-cost device.

The packaging appears to be a white plastic box that would hold the device and associated accessories and documentation. A front cover, unseen in the photo but perhaps clear to show off the various color options for the device itself as seen on Apple's iPod lineups, would appear to rest on a small lip around the interior.

A number of photos showing plastic rear shells alleged to be for Apple's rumored lower-cost iPhone have surfaced in recent weeks, and Apple is rumored to be launching the device alongside the iPhone 5S later this year.

The WeiPhone forums are a fairly frequent source of Apple rumors, although the site itself does not frequently report on them, making it difficult to determine a steady track record as posting in the site's forums come from a variety of different posters. Still, the alleged plastic packaging and official look of the "iPhone 5C" moniker appear to have some legitimacy, and would increasingly make sense as Apple may be gearing up for a launch of the low-cost iPhone this Fall.

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18 months ago
iPhone 5 Cheap.
Rating: 132 Votes
18 months ago
These will make great hamster coffins!
Rating: 99 Votes
18 months ago

If Steve Jobs was still here, there wouldn't be any leaks at all. Apple is no longer a secretive company. It's sad. :( No more surprises.


Yeah cause he was dead when the iPhone 4 leaked.

There have been leaks for years with and without Steve. Only way there would not be leaks if if everything was made by Apple in a giant center with zero cell phone service or Internet and no one was allowed to leave. Like willy wonkas
Rating: 63 Votes
18 months ago
iPhone 5 China haha
Rating: 57 Votes
18 months ago
An entirely plastic box with each iPhone? Is that cost effective? Or environmental?
Rating: 39 Votes
18 months ago

If Steve Jobs was still here, there wouldn't be any leaks at all. Apple is no longer a secretive company. It's sad. :( No more surprises.


Like when Steve jobs was still the CEO and the iPhone 4 was found in a bar?
Rating: 37 Votes
18 months ago
C = Color

"iPhone Color" (the rear shell came in a variety of colors, unlike the rumored 5S)
Rating: 35 Votes
18 months ago
So we'll have the iPhone 5$ and the iPhone 5ยข

Or am I the only one who made that connection?
Rating: 34 Votes
18 months ago
Even the packaging looks cheap...
Rating: 32 Votes
18 months ago

Even the packaging looks cheap...


Give it a damn rest.
Rating: 25 Votes

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