Leaked Photo of Low-cost ‘iPhone 5C’ packaging?


Apple has been widely rumored to launch a low-cost or budget iPhone with a plastic rear shell alongside iPhone 5S.

We’ve already seen several photos and videos of rear shell of the plastic iPhone, and what appeared to be a fully-assembled plastic iPhone.

Japanese blog Macotakara now points us to a photo that was posted on WeiPhone forums of what appears to be a bin full of  “iPhone 5C” packaging, which appears to be made of plastic, rather than the cardboard, which has been used for all the iPhones so far.

If the packaging indeed belongs to yet-to-be-launched budget iPhone, then it the naming convention is interesting. As 9to5Mac points out the “C” could stand for “Color” as it is expected to be available in multiple colors, or “plastiC” or “polyCarbonate” as the rear shell is most likely going to be made of it, or “Cheap,” since it is the low-cost iPhone (but not the best marketing strategy).

iLounge had claimed that Apple’s budget iPhone will be called “iPhone 5C”. If Apple ends up launching a budget iPhone, and ends up calling it iPhone 5C then it is possible that it will discontinue iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S when it launches iPhone 5S as some rumors have suggested.

The Onion has their own logic:

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  • canarycny

    very interesting looks like it will be package like the ipod touch. my biggest concern will still be the price.

    • moe22

      picture a phone by samsung. now picture it being price like the current samsungs. overpriced.

      • Anon

        A better way to put it, imagine an iPhone 3GS, now imagine that at the current price of the iPhone 4.

  • Pacomacman

    I’m not really interested in a cut down version of anything. I’m after the latest in technology and prepared to pay a good price so long as the products good. I’m currently using an HTC One, it’s a great phone, but its just no iPhone killer.

  • Alan

    I want an iPhone 5B – Bigger iPhone ….

  • D4

    iPhone5 Classic maybe? back to plastic back’s?

  • canarycny

    im sure color will be most appropriate for the “c”

  • Syphon

    iPhone Cost? or Cheap?

  • Nicholas Fedail

    White isn’t a color it’s a shade so it can’t be color

  • RodneyE.Jones

    This low cost iPhone isn’t going to be able to compete with Windowsphone in terms of price, features, and innovation… As more, and more, budget Windowsphone devices become available Apple will begin to loose market share to WP.. Actually, in some emerging markets WP has already seriously surpassed the iPhone in sales… The iPhone is a great device though, and I’ve always braged about its quality.. Nokia is making some pretty good WP devices, with a few that are much more innovative than the iPhone, so as this continues Apple will begin to loose more market share on the higher end.. Its ok though because Apple can stand to loose a little… This is inevitable❕