Apple iPhone 5C leaks out and now it’s more than just a plastic shell
The whole front including the actual display panel of the iPhone 5C has now arrived in the hands of Chinese C Technology, and if you ever doubted how real the device is, it seems that this is one more solid proof to cast away all doubts.
It’s hard to see many differences at first sight, but C Tech claims the wiring and some minute details differ in comparison with the iPhone 5.
Overall, though, the devices are strikingly similar. That is the big revelation actually - the iPhone 5C might turn out to be a very, very similar device to the iPhone 5 spec-wise and differ mostly in its plastic build and colorful back palette.
Now, feel free to take out your magnifying glass, dust off that Sherlock Holmes spirit and examine the images below.
Apple iPhone 5C leaks out and now it’s more than just a plastic shell
11. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)
Even though this version of iPhone is predicted to be "cheap or affordable" I still can't believe it won't burn a hole in your pocket. It would still be priced higher than mid-ranger of android world.
26. Muzhhur (Posts: 244; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
That's what I thought
C for cheap and S for Super new
28. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)
Burning an actual hole (Setting fire) through your pocket would be something a samsung is perfectly capable of doing so
2. Topcat488 (Posts: 1124; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
Actually they don't look that bad, i'll get one if it comes in black.
3. nobelset (Posts: 268; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
That dude in the picture should cut his nails. I'm hoping that's a male. So I guess apple's never going to change the design of the iPhone? Okay, that's cool.
4. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5258; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Lmao! Nice catch!
With his long nails, it makes the iPhone 5C looks like it was found in the trashcan.
5. nobelset (Posts: 268; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
They really should borrow a dslr or something and THEN take the picture. It really makes things more genuine. At least for me.
6. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Okay .... this story confirms that the iPhone 5 is, in fact, an iPhone "Lite" or mid-range at the very least. It also confirms that the Cupertino company, Apple, has been defrauding we the people, its' loyal followers and blind believers, by selling us a mid-range "Lite" phone as a "Premium" device at an unbelievably inflated retail price!!!!
I feel like someone (Apple) has taken me over a table and done the most vilest and heinous act to me, all the while, yanking my locks.
8. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
From leaked specs and camera so far, seems like it's like: Take the iPhone 5, remove the aluminium shell, replace with plastic, and you have iPhone 5C. So, if the 5C is cheaper by the iPhone 5 by maybe $200, the aluminium shell itself costs $200?
Sounds like those buying iPhones have been ripped off.
19. cretinick (Posts: 147; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)
The internal components now are older (they became cheaper). The manufacturing process for aluminum casting is more expensive (besides aluminum itself) and the glass details...
I believe that the camera will not be the same as the iPhone 5 (I think it will be the 4S).
But despite all this, the iPhone is expensive as hell! As the S4! But people buy. So why should they charge cheaper?
9. darkkjedii (Posts: 10569; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Waiting for the finished products to launch in the fall. Two 5S's are coming home packing iOS 7, hurry up Sept.
10. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6263; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Now that's one plasticky looking phone.
12. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)
I shouldn't have any trouble "melting" that one!!
29. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6263; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
it will probably blend even more.
13. uchihakurtz (Posts: 234; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
People will rage over this as their iPhone 5 "premium" device has the same spec as this "cheaper" version.
14. Credo (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
Poor Apple, scared from the other OEM's to lose marketshare :)
16. DoctorWho (Posts: 6; Member since: 15 Aug 2008)
This actually makes a lot of business sense for Apple. I wondered why they would go with this approach versus (historically) keeping the previous model on the market as a discounted price. Apple is struggling with profit margins (they're still ridiculously high, but lower than previous years) so they might be trying to make a cheaper device with higher margins and phase out the iPhone 5 completely after the 5S launch.
Still, this is crappy for consumers - but makes a lot of business sense which may in turn help their stock price.
18. Genersis (Posts: 181; Member since: 29 May 2013)
I guess the iPhone 5C being almost identical to the iPhone 5 makes sense.
I've seen the phrase "Last years top-range is this years mid-range" used on this site at least a few times, and for most part, it's true.
21. roldefol (Posts: 2859; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Why that's being bandied about by the fandroids as a bad thing perplexes me. Is there something wrong with issuing year-old hardware in a cheaper package at a budget price? If it's ok for Samsung and HTC to do that with their "mini" phones, why isn't Apple forgiven?
30. jaxson983 (Posts: 39; Member since: 11 Aug 2013)
Yeah I get "last years top-range is this years mid-range" but the Iphone 5 was mid range to start off with so I ask, "what's last year's mid-range this year?"
20. Sondae (Posts: 185; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)
Apple sure love to tease people from case to screen probably next is motherboard or battery probably next the assembly lol. I sure cant wait about the original price of this iPhone 5c if its really affordable and not making a hole on the wallet.
22. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)
Now, apple uses plastic in their handset that many of us here says "cheap" plastic.
24. gixxerrider311 (Posts: 25; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)
I don't see what the big deal is on Apple going BACK to plastic to offer something cheaper to their customers. The iPhone 3G & 3GS both had a plastic backs. I think this is a smart move by Apple to gain more terrain in the market. and Samsung fanboys saying that this looks cheap, have you seen the plastic shell on your S3 & S4?
25. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)
So instead of dropping the current iPhone 5 model's price to $100 w/ contract, they're replacing it with this. Lmao That's a great way of showing appreciation to their loyal apple following.
27. jamesedward318 (Posts: 99; Member since: 25 Dec 2010)
Apple seems to be doing things that makes sense to them now that made sense to many before. Apple could be so ahead of the curve in my opinion if they had released "budget" iPhones in the past. Apple really needs to cease with the yearly release of iPhones. Someone should get a hold of Cook's ear and tell him to sit back, pan the market, look at what other cellular manufactuers are doing and compile a device that is far beyond any other device. I didn't and don't see iOS7 being anything that enamors me enough to stick with Apple. Which is why I jumped ship and bought an S4. With Samsung giving their customers or users more with all that the devices offer Apple should be the revolutionary ones with a 13mp camera already and all the other cool features that the S4 embodies. I've read post after post about how the S4 is full of gimmicky features but had the roles been reversed and the iPhone launched these features then it would have been ground breaking. Come on Apple!!! Give me a reason to come back to you guys...if you can!