Labor watchdog report accidentally outs the budget iPhone 5C, confirms plastic shell

We informed yesterday that Apple has immediately dispatched a team of auditors to inspect the facilities of its Pegatron assembler, following a report by the non-profit China Labor Watch organization. The report, issued Monday, detailed low wages leading to overtime hours that are way above the upper limit set by Apple's guidelines for its suppliers.

Tucked into this report, however, was a pretty interesting nugget of information about what exactly is Pegatron doing right now for Apple. We knew it is tasked with assembling the long-rumored budget iPhone 5C, whose alleged packaging material you see above, and now the Labor Watch report confirms it:

Previously we had heard on a plastic/fiberglass fusion of sorts for the chassis, and the handset has already leaked numerous times in various colors, while sources indicate that the 5C in its name stands precisely for "color".

source: ChinaLaborWatch (PDF) via Wired



13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31812; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The fall lineup approaches, can't wait to see the finished products.


Posts: 2819; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple apple apple......the hype will be over soon...max 2 years!

9. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

"Accidentally" I think Apple encourages product leaks to draw attention.

8. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Oh I see.. the C stands for color of iPlastic, but the boxes looks much cooler than it. I think this iPlastic would not electrify people like aluminium does.

6. scott5626

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 01, 2009

Has everyone already forgotten the plastic 3gs? They've already done plastic.

3. Just.Me

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 24, 2013

Apple is copying samsung ----- It took 4 years for apple to catch up to the I9000 Samsung Galaxy S.

5. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Yes, it took them 4 years to lower their quality to Samsung's grade of plasticks. But Apple still haven't reached THAT level. Never will. No one will :P

7. Just.Me

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 24, 2013

Samsung made affordable but good phones out of plastic. Apple is making CHEAP but Crappy phones out of plastic. So i agree with you, It will take them a long long long time to reach samsungs level.

11. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

The phone's not out yet. You happen to have some insider knowledge?

14. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

"Samsung made affordable but good phones out of plastic." -LOL

17. Just.Me

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 24, 2013

The millions of people who bought the Galaxy S series will agree. I got my I9000 back in the day for only $6 per month on a 24 month contract. Thats $6 for the phone + 20min Talk time + 100mb of data and 25sms. In my country, Nobody even considers Apple.

16. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

next thing we know Apple will patent polycarbonate PLASTIC and sue samsung for using the same material as we speak

2. mi55u unregistered

iPhone 5crap and iPhone 5sheeep

12. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

iPhone 5crap would definitely sell well because of the blind sheeps and delusional fanboys

15. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

thats a ton load of cheap plastic in that picture. u forget too mention iCheap

1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2365; Member since: Apr 18, 2011


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