A new photo surfaced earlier today, claiming to show a dozen or so iPhone 5C units in testing. Apple, like all electronics companies, requires its manufacturers to test small batches of its products for quality assurance purposes.

But between the company’s notorious demand for secrecy, and the inability to confirm these are actually iPhones, we figured the handsets in the photo were more than likely knockoffs. But it turns out, they may be the real deal…

Engadget has done some digging on the photo’s origins, which was first posted by, and they believe these are really iPhone 5C units being “warmed up” at Pegatron’s Shanghai plant. Here’s the site’s Richard Lai:

“But after digging around the original poster’s Sina Weibo profile, we deduced that this spy shot came straight out of Pegatron’s Shanghai plant…

According to her posts, the cheeky employee — or more likely an ex-employee at this point — in question joined the company’s quality control department around mid-July.

…We’ve seen this in factory tours before, but no photography was allowed in the production lines; which makes us wonder how this shot came out of a supposedly well-guarded environment.”

The photo, Lai says, was posted yesterday with the following caption: “The low-end iPhone 5C to be launched for Chinese consumers in September doesn’t look much different than the Xiaomi Phone 2, right?” I guess, yeah.

That Engadget traces the photo back to Pegatron adds weight to the theory. It’s widely believed that it has been handling a bulk, if not all, of Apple’s budget iPhone orders. And it’s been all-but-confirmed by Pegatron employees.

iPhone 5C (colors, Apple Daily)

It’s not quite clear what is going on in the image, but it appears to be some kind of testing. Lai calls it a “warm-up procedure,” saying it’s likely being done with small batches to make sure the devices are functional before boxed..

We’ve seen enough budget iPhone reports and part leaks to have a pretty good idea of what to expect. The 5C will likely be made of plastic and metal, resemble the iPhone 5 in design, and will debut alongside the iPhone 5S next month.



    • PainToad

      No one cares.

      • *TOMBOMB*

        Leave me alone. This is the only place I can be first in my pathetic life.

      • PainToad

        Just make actual comments is all 🙂 Then we can discuss things, rather than just one word numbers.

      • *TOMBOMB*

        Hey hey don’t speak of me that way

      • JL

        Agree, piece of crap i got an iphone 5 already.

    • A P Plause

      Second reply to first comment!

    • 3aloo1

      And you will be the first to be down voted lolol

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Doubling down on secrecy…..

  • Lebron

    I’m trying to figure out why some of the lightning cables are thicker than others.

    • Andrew Roth

      Some are micro usb.

  • Guilherme Santos

    Why the hell would they make the front bezel black on the white version?

    • A P Plause


      • felixtaf

        You dint know that white iPhone 3GS has a black front plate ( /watch?v=R83URqy6W3o )… iPhone 3GS 2009 vs Galaxy nexus 2011…

    • Frozen Bee .GFKS

      right?? ugly as hell! hope this isnt official design

  • Yoshi Yassaru

    Fake! I do not think Apple will test their product in that environment.

    • PainToad

      Did you even read the article? It’s not Apple testing, it’s production line quality assurance.

  • Maxim∑

    It not a IPS display?!?

  • Roger Riekki

    Lot of cables.

  • 3aloo1

    Freaking ton of cables

  • laszlo gaspar

    When Tim said he was doubling down on security, i think some people took it as a personal challenge to leak as many products as possible.

  • Chliii

    In related news, thousands die in Pegatron fire due to the use of knock off chargers…

  • Jamie John Roberts

    Lol is it me or do some of the phones look like they are plugged in with official chargers and others with 3rd party ones??? Slight fail.

  • D.

    All those cables make my OCD sad

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  • pauleebe

    Naturally they couldn’t have taken the photo closer to the actual iPhone.

  • dedegarrido

    But…. Are those charges originals?