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At this point, we’ve seen so many photos of purported budget iPhone shells that it’s hard to imagine Apple not launching the handset this fall. But just in case you are still skeptical, we’re adding more evidence to the pile this morning.

A new hi-res hands-on video of a yellow iPhone shell, believed to belong to Apple’s low-end handset, hit the web late last night. And it gives us an extremely close up view of both the outside, and inside of the so-called iPhone 5C’s casing…

The video comes from Sonny Dickson, who has posted photos of a number of iPhone 5C components over the past few weeks. And although we obviously can’t verify the part’s legitimacy, it does match up perfectly with previous 5C leaks.

For those who haven’t been keeping up with the handset’s story, it’s simple. Apple has long been rumored to be working on a low-end iPhone for prepaid and emerging markets, and about 6 months ago the rumor reared its ugly head again.

But this time it’s different, though. This time we have affirmation from multiple news outlets. This time we have photos and videos of cases. And this time we have a name, we think: The iPhone 5C. And of course the ‘C’ stands for ‘Color.’

The handset is expected to debut alongside Apple’s iPhone 5S next month, at its all-but-confirmed September 10th media event. As you can see it’s made of plastic, and will come in a variety of colors, with a price tag in the neighborhood of $300.

Update: while we’re at it, how about a few iPhone 5C packaging mockups for good measure? (via 9to5Mac)

5c packaging concept

5c packaging concept

  • batongxue

    With no dialogue, the video is like a ghost movie.
    Freaks the shite out of me! = =

  • I hope Apple won’t release a ‘cheaper’ iPhone.

    It may sounds weird but would Apple release a ‘good iPhone’ and a ‘cheaper iPhone’ with less power and less ‘luxe’ ?

    I think this will decrease the ‘status’ that ‘iPhone’ has now.

    Its famous because its really thin. Has a sick design in my view and the power that everything works fine without problems. Why would Apple bring out a cheaper catagorie ‘iPhone’ ?

    • Howard

      They’d bring it out to make a load of money, and widen their customer base. If you buy the cheaper one you’d be likely to buy a more expensive one in the future. Plus it’ll help them win back marketshare in other parts of the world.

    • Sokrates

      using Apple products is about having fun. That’s what they express. Good example is the iPod.

    • Rowan09

      I think they will do it, it’s an introduction into their ecosystem, just like the MacBook Air was a cheaper version of the MacBooks.

  • euthenia

    seems to me it’s more like c for china

    • DevXav

      I think C stands for Colors or Cheap

      • euthenia

        yea, i do think it’s more likely and appropriate to be ‘C’olor. I don’t know about you guys but the color on that case is kinda dull and cheap, not the plastic itself. the plastic is fine but the color looks more like cater for ‘c’hina market. “and to hell to those vote me down for no particular reasons”. “..” joke

      • 3aloo1

        I think c for classic i think depends on old iphone 3gs back cover

  • Question

    They will release the budget iPhone for sure. I didn’t used to believe these rumors but now i do since last year. The iPhone 5 leaked photos made me sure of that because Apple isnt doing a good job with its privacy lately.

    • IrelandJnr

      You meant to say product secrecy, not privacy.

      It gets more difficult when you’re manufacturing 50 million of something to stop hardware leaking. Their software leaks have been nowhere in sight lately. It’s all about the software.

  • Sokrates

    Why do they only show front covers of the white ones?

    • scott ford

      I would hazard a guess and say,all the iPhone 5c’s will have white fronts but different colour backs.

  • Sandeep

    If apple leaves low end iPhones then wat vll happen to 4,4s,5 v won’t get a nice resale value for our phones every one vll buy only low end iPhones

    • leart za jmi

      I sold yesterday my other 4s thinking the same thing 🙂

    • IrelandJnr

      Apple will kill the 4, 4S and possible even the 5. I’d sell your 4/4S very quickly if you have a spare old phone and wish to get one of these new babies.

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  • Gross

    God, that custard yellow is vile.

  • Yunsar

    $300, It’s difficult to believe

    • BozzyB

      if so – no one will buy phones like 4S, 5 or 5S anymore in long term.

    • IrelandJnr

      It’ll be $399 at the cheapest. But most likely $429.

  • Mr.Ocean

    I think the 5c will have a black frontpanel to match the black logo and black camera ring.

  • Tommy Gumbs

    Whatever, these rumors are all the same every year. Budget iPhone, Apple television, iwatch, now larger iPad.

    • IrelandJnr

      So they are the same every year but you just added a new one?

      iWatch rumour took off when the WSJ said Apple had a 100 person team working on the project; citing ‘someone familiar with the matter’. As a rule, when WSJ says this regards Apple is tends to be a controlled leak/good source.

      The budget iPhone is about 10 videos at this point. It’s safe to assume that rumour is 100% legit at this point.

      And the TV was mentioned by Jobs in his biography. It’s safe to conclude the reason Apple haven’t released a TV yet is they can’t nail down the content makers (all the TV Show folks) to ink a deal that would allow Apple to sell the TV subsidised.