Over the weekend, some photos of packaging allegedly belonging to Apple’s low-cost iPhone surfaced on the internet. Admittedly, the boxes looked fake, as there were a number of visible inconsistencies, but the ‘iPhone 5C’ branding on them was intriguing.

Today, our friends over Nowhereelse.fr confirmed our suspicions, highlighting a number of issues with the boxesm including odd blurred and distorted areas, and missing Apple logos. But as it turns out, the name ‘iPhone 5C’ might actually be legitimate…

First, here’s the breakdown of the plastic box issues by Nowhereelse.fr:

iphone 5c boxes fake

Steve Hemmerstoffer of Nowhereelse explains that he discovered the inconsistencies by adjusting the photo’s RGB levels in Photoshop and other detective work. And it paid off. It looks like original speculation that these boxes belong to Asian knockoffs was correct.

But the name might just be the real deal, according to a new report from BusinessInsider. The outlet says that it has spoken with a trusted source since the above photos were released, and it has confirmed the budget iPhone will indeed be called the ‘iPhone 5C.’

“After the photos leaked, we heard from a source that the name is going to be “iPhone 5C”. Our source doesn’t work at Apple, but is connected to someone inside the company who confirmed the name. So, this is second hand, but we feel confident after talking to our source that it’s accurate.

Our source expects the iPhone 5C to launch along with the iPhone 5S and says the leaks of colorful plastic iPhones are spot-on for what it will look like.”

While BI’s report is hardly definitive, it does corroborate the popular sentiment that Apple will call its lower-end handset the iPhone 5C and sell it as the ‘color edition.’ The upshot here is an iPod touch-iPod nano strategy, giving users features vs. color/price options.

Regardless of what it’s going to be called, the long rumored ‘budget iPhone‘ appears to be en route to market. Earlier today, a report in the current Pegatron investigation seemingly confirmed the plastic handset, which is expected to launch this fall for around $300.

  • Swifity

    iPhone 5C doesn’t sound too bad. 5C and 5S.

    • Gorgonphone

      C for cheap Crap if it has 4S specs in 2013

      • Swifity

        But then again, it is a budget product. It can be a 4S in an iPhone 5 body slightly tweaked with better specs than the 4S. People will buy it once they get hands on. Atleast, that’s what I think.

      • Gorgonphone

        yeah it targeting the exact same folks who bout the non retina ipad min with ipad 2 specs and thought it was great…lol its and all for profit 0product that will do nothing for the brand

      • Swifity

        Consumers loved the iPad mini form factor. I believe that the “5C” will be a great product that’s aimed for people on a budget. I wasn’t really on board when I heard about Apple launching a budget iPhone, but in today’s economy it would benefit a lot of people. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens in the fall.

      • Gorgonphone

        yeah true… and now am sure most heavy discounts will apply to the 5C and future “C” phones and not the main iphone model..lol

      • Swifity

        I know, right? 5C sounds alright, but I want to know what it really stands for.

      • Kurt

        What will be the name for the next two years? I can see iPhone 6 and iPhone 6C but what about the next year, the 9th gen iPhone, iPhone 6S and iPhone 6C2 😮

      • iRaj

        In the past, I did not see 2GS, 4GS, 5GS…

      • n0ahcruz3

        iFans will defend it and say iOS still runs buttery smooth even with low specs. And still buy it at premium price. Lol its 2013 apple dont use old processors. Smh

  • Arnaud Nelissen

    Why not C for “Classic” ?

    • Osama Muhammed

      makes sense.. but i still think that the [cheap] jokes will take over the internet

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      Lol, tht’s wht I said too.

  • William Melendez

    Ok , it’s 10 am where’s beta 4 !? Lol

    Update: downloading now ! Yes finally !

    • Gorgonphone

      i dnt care… unless ive is smacked into making it look better

  • Brandon Weidema

    i would think that the ‘iPhone’ typeface would be thinner to match the look of iOS7

  • Boss

    which is expected to launch this fall for around $300. more like $400-450

    • Fadi Alqo

      5C coz apple will release 5 color’s for this cheep iphone.

  • Hermès Vainstar Chu

    iPhone 5 colors
    With 5 different colors

    • Fadi Alqo

      it’s the 5C right 🙂
      but i think this new cheep phone will not be exited to the people who have the iPhone 5..:(

  • Dady King

    ‘S’ class & ‘C’ class
    S stands for ? I still don’t know .. So far I know it’s stand for Siri, Speed, Steave, etc etc .. Can any one tell me what ‘S’ stand for ?
    Then we will go u ‘C’ class.

  • Apanizo2

    •iPhone 5C “COMPACT”~~ the budget iphone
    •iPhone 5S “what’s expected”